May 23 2011
Learning to wear a saree!
And when you are done, you have a big smile on your face.
From Deepak’s stream
Saree pictures from around.
May 20 2011
Relax and day dream!
May 19 2011
Gayatri Devi was born into staggering wealth at a time when royal families governed half of India and owned the lives of a quarter of Indians. She had it all: Swiss education, schooling in England, hunting, riding, European summers, social seasons in Paris, a palace with 500 staff — and beauty. American Vogue named her one of the world’s ten most beautiful women. Her looks were well captured in a portrait by Pietro Annigoni.
As a child she was, by her own description, a carefree tomboy who adored horses and hunting. She shot her first leopard when she was 12 and went on to play her part — with other royals — in the near-extinction of Indian tigers, personally killing 27 before announcing that she would hunt no more and would become a fervent conservationist.
She was born Princess Gayatri Devi of Cooch Behar, a former royal state in Bengal, which commanded a 13-gun salute in the British-ordained pecking order. That meant it was rich. Her father, the crown prince, became maharajah soon after her birth. She was nicknamed Ayesha — her mother had been reading H. Rider Haggard’s She while pregnant with her.
Gayatri Devi’s English governesses were recommended by Queen Mary and she attended various schools in India, England and Switzerland.
In 1932 Sawai Man Singh, the young maharajah of Jaipur and India’s leading polo player, came to stay with her parents at Woodlands, their impressive Calcutta home. Gayatri Devi fell in love with him, although he already had two wives. Their secret courtship took place mainly in London while Devi was at finishing school.
Whatever the formula, she retained her sparkle for life, breeziness, regal dignity and grace. She was irreverent, quick to laugh, to anger and to apologise. She spent her summers in England, attending polo matches and presenting the Cooch Behar cup at Cowdray and Jai’s cup at Smith’s Lawn.
Via Times Online UK
Also see the excellent portrait posted by Clio.
May 18 2011
There are some remarkable Flickr groups for sarees. Here is a nice one: Women in Sarees (saris) moderated by Trevor B.
He recently pointed out this image for Saree Dreams:
The image is a part of a set from Auniket Prantor (Zakir Hossain Chowdhury)‘s Flickr Stream.
May 15 2011
Its a been a while since I saw an ornament to pin the saree placed on the pleats, but it sure looks nice, especially in the context of wedding saree.
Another picture of hers that I like is this one:
You can check out more of her work at Flickr.
She also has an interesting post reacting to the Sashi Tharoor sari editorial. She lamented punjabification of the dress code due to the influence of Bollywood as one more reason for decrease in prevalence of saree wearing among Indian women. And she also noted that:
While I was gestating over this post…one day on a journey in the morning ladies train………when getting off at Churchgate a beautiful sight greeted my eyes. Thousands of bright sari clad, immaculately groomed women spilled out onto the platform and briskly made their way to their offices. I was pole axed….I didn’t even know that it was some festival day and they had all made an effort to look festive and still make it on time at 8.30 to office. I vowed to make the effort more often myself …….….LONG LIVE THE SARI!