Mar 8 2014
Feb 21 2014
I saw so many luscious cotton sarees in the movie Drishyam last night! We got a special showing of the South Indian film (in Malayalam with no subtitles), and I coveted almost every one of the leading lady’s costumes. These four placed near the top of my list; the green and deep slate blue noteworthy for its unusual combination of colours, while the rich pumpkin with maroon-ish brown saree above was my personal favourite. The pattern of star shapes on black was incredible on the big screen, where the pallu design really showed up. Love to know where all the film’s sarees were woven…
Below is the whole “family” with Mohanlal as the dad, and the young actresses who played the daughters. In my own collection, I do have a saree quite similar to Meena’s soft brown and black one. The Kerala scenery was incredible and the story excellent despite my not knowing the language. Go watch the film if you have a chance, or catch one of the upcoming remakes in other South Indian languages, and see if the sarees are as yummy as these were.
Feb 20 2014
Oct 27 2013
A new saree in traditional style this Sunday, selling in the $250 range in the US. It is subtle, sumptuous, and suitable for a variety of wearing occasions. What I like best is the small, all-over woven design, with a contrasting border that isn’t too wide.
Here is a close-up of the pallu, quintessentially Indian in the view of the world, and begging to be touched – though I am not certain if the textile is all silk or not. It comes with fabric for the choli, to have your own size and style made to fit. Pretty, don’t you think?
Oct 13 2013
The Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week designers have offered a veritable avalanche of looks, some more traditionally pretty than dear Masaba, others far more jarring to my firangi senses than her work. I actually like lots (though not all), of Masaba’s SS 14 offerings, unlike Sunny who’s a bit upset by the odd pairings.
The ensemble at left is just so lovely, pastel and sweetly old fashioned but with modern sensibilities, that I had to post it here on my Vintage Sunday. The designer or group is Pero, one I don’t know, who also had more “upsetting” outfits. But this has an early 20th century look, all handwovens and soft hair, that I find terribly appealing. I regret that I’m way too old to go for this style myself.
The saree, worn short, looks like a cotton/silk blend, maybe something like the weavers in Chanderi produce. The blouse has the elbow or 3/4 length sleeves that I always prefer, with a ruffle at the waist, and in what could be natural hemp. Whatever it all is, I love it.