Vintage Watercolours of Regional Sarees – 1920s

Vintage Watercolours of Regional Sarees   1920s    vintage sarees saree history  Vintage Watercolours of Regional Sarees   1920s    vintage sarees saree history

 In a flattering shade of blue is the “Lady of Mysore.”  The artist was a noted and prolific Indian illustrator called M. V. Dhurandhar.  He did a series of paintings showing women from various social groups, states, religions and occupations.  Each wears her characteristic style of dress and adornment.

The iris blue is elegant, and the model appears in one of the front-trained sarees that I love.  Like the portraits of specific maharanis from Mysore that I have posted before, the arrangement of the saree to create that train is not clear.  The golden border is neither wide nor fancy, and the look is quite classical. 

I may have to offer a prize of some kind to the person who first reveals the historically documented secrets to draping a Mysore fishtail saree! 

The “Naikin in Kanara” appears in soft red, her style looking more inspired by folk-dress, but displaying another way of draping a train at the front of the feet.  Pulled up for walking, this image makes it clear that the saree has a wide border at the mundi end to form the pleats, as well as the pallu to wrap around the shoulders.  The red saree does not  look like a full nine yards, though the other probably is.

I did not find a good definition of the term Naikin, but Kanara is another variation of Karnataka.  Some sarees made there today do feature a fancy inner end for making drapes like this one possible.  More of the Dhurandhar fashion illustrations will get posted here soon, including the one that was notorious for the era when it was first published on postcards.

Go simple with deep V back!

Go simple with deep V back!    saree blouse design saree blouse

Growing tired of the fancy saree blouse designs? Are you looking for something simple yet sexy? A simple deep V back is probably an option to consider. I also admire the accessories paired with it here!

Unrecognizable Isha in Shabri

Unrecognizable Isha in Shabri    wearing saree saree pics

Unrecognizable Isha in Shabri    wearing saree saree pics

Funny how we hardly notice the details of the sarees that turns a glamorous actress like Isha into a ‘rowdy rakamma’ character like ‘Shabri’ in this Ram Gopal Varma film.

Simple cotton saree in pastel coloured usually have small flower prints … often boldly paired with unmatching and unflattering plain blouses. I have seen this type of sarees so many times and I have ignored them. I wonder how will I look like in them…hmmm.

Framed Traditions

Framed Traditions    vintage sarees saree other uses saree art

 

Framed Traditions    vintage sarees saree other uses saree art

 

Framed Traditions    vintage sarees saree other uses saree art

 

Framed Traditions” are pieces of handmade art created from sarees. According to the website, each “Framed Tradition” is created by extracting the non-damaged parts of old sarees and mixing and matching the borders with the bodies to form various patterns and collages.

This specific piece is 3 Dimensional created by blending in other elements like jewelery or silver objects with the pleated sarees in shadow box frames. The sarees are either cotton or silk and usually have heavily embroidered borders. The art pieces are all sold with frames and 10% of each sale is donated towards funding children’s education in India.

Is that Nandini Jumani in a saree?

Is that Nandini Jumani in a saree?    bollywood saree

Is she wearing a double blouse or something? Sort of like when you go to a grocery store, they double bag your things if it is too heavy?

Seriously, I am intrigued by the design. Just seems like that she bought a saree that she liked, it came with an itsy bitsy blouse, so she just added another layer.

Meet Agent Sphinx!

Meet Agent Sphinx!    saree shopping

Meet Agent Sphinx, a cocktail saree from Lamb’s Blood Apparel that’s going for $400.00. It’s an interesting silk georgette saree with embroidered silk chiffon panel. The saree comes with a matching white blouse piece. Here’s the close up of the pleats … I find it very unique.

Meet Agent Sphinx!    saree shopping

Lamb’s Blood is an online boutique featuring a personal line of cocktail saris, lehenga cholis, and gagra cholis for women who like to twist tradition. You may check them out in FB here or visit their website here.

Meet Agent Sphinx!    saree shopping