picture by Andrew Parsons/i-Images from Fashion.Telegraph.co.uk
Samantha Cameron, wife of the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, blends in beautifully in a saree she’d borrowed from a friend as the couple join Diwali celebrations at the Neasden Temple in London. (Click on the picture to read the original story.)
In the world that once was
It is as though she was meant to be there in that moment. The cool kiss of the stone steps upon her bare feet as she ascended into this bittersweet anatomy. Remnants of a world that once was. Not her own, but a world she feels. A world in which she belongs.
From the humans of India Facebook Group
When Irene Stone first posted this picture and the three others below the line (Click on the pictures to go to their respective Flickr pages.) on Women in Sarees, I assumed they were taken at a Hindu wedding, I get quite a few of those. However, after a while I began to think that this may not be the case in fact I became so puzzled decided I had to ask her what was going on.
Irene is on the board of governors of the Home of Guiding Hands, a charity based in San Diego, California. Every year they have a fund raising gala and every year the gala has a theme. This year’s theme was Bollywood. It’s interesting to see how the popularity of Bollywood is continuing to grow outside the Indian community and helping to spread a knowledge and appreciation of Indian (and in this case, saree) culture. Some expertly draped sarees on show here, although Irene admits that they did have some assistance in getting it right.
My thanks to Irene for letting me post her pictures here.
picture from INDIAN GRAND PRIX Twitter feed
I can’t pretend that this is a new picture but it is, at least, new to me. It shows Formula One pit lane reporter Natalie Pinkham in a saree during the 2012 Indian Grand Prix. A simple saree but I think the colour suits her particularly well. I hope the hemline didn’t get too grubby after an afternoon strolling through the pits and garages.
Back in January Sunny mentioned a trend, in Indian films, towards showing inappropriately saree clad heroines in snowy mountain scenery. Well this isn’t a Bollywood movie, this is Shelby Collins attending a Hindu wedding in Braintree in Essex, about thirty miles East of London. Unfortunately the wedding took place in December 2010 when the area was suffering from some particularly severe weather. It does make for a very winsome picture but I do feel for her in those blizzard conditions. There’s a longer shot below the fold. (Click on the pictures to go to their respective Flickr pages.)
So why was an American attending an Indian wedding in Britain. I had to ask, and, as I suspected, there’s an interesting story here. Shelby explained that, ‘The wedding I went to was between an Indian woman who immigrated to America and a white American man. I had met the couple in America and became part of the groom’s wedding party. The bride very much values her culture and heritage and the groom respects and loves that about her. The wedding took place at the bride’s hometown in the traditional Indian style.’
My thanks to Shelby for letting me post her pictures here.
I love the retro forties glamour in the way that this picture is posed and processed. The lady on the staircase is Scarlet Roman, a Mexican student currently studying in China. There she met her Sri Lankan boyfriend and this picture, and the two below the fold (click on the pictures to go to their respective Flickr pages), were taken on a trip to Sri Lanka with him. While there she admits to becoming a real sari fan, as these pictures demonstrate. So hopefully we may see some more of her saree pictures in Women in Sarees.
My thanks to Scarlet for letting me post her pictures here.