Sheer Saree and Tight Choli on a Petite Maharani

Sheer Saree and Tight Choli on a Petite Maharani    vintage sarees saree history

Nothing in this 1880 studio photograph looks especially opulent, though it is quality work. Portraits and later postcards of young women in fancier sarees, leaning on more elegant chairs or pedestals are often identified as mere nautch girls.  But this is the widow of a Maharaja of Baroda, one of the richest princely states in Raj-era India. Maharani Jamnabai wears a tiny traditional choli with shaped and outlined bust pieces, not unlike a couple I have posted here being worn by dancing girls. Even her selection of jewellery is similar, though probably more costly. The saree looks like a fine cotton with simple zari borders, and is a kaccha drape around her legs. It would be nice to wear on really hot days. 

The Maharani’s adopted son was HH Sayajirao Gaekwad III, who ruled Baroda – Vadodara in today’s Gujarat - for many decades. She was only ten years older than Sayajirao, who was a boy of 12 when chosen to ascend the throne after the Maharani’s evil brother-in-law, who poisoned people, was deposed. Despite being a mother in her mid twenties, Jamnabai looks like a slim and slightly overwhelmed  young girl. Their story would make a cool movie script, and it is all true.  For those of you into royal family genealogy, Maharaja Sayajirao ends up being the grandfather of our stylish 1940s favorite, Gayatri the Maharani of Jaipur.

Saree bow is a nice touch

Saree bow is a nice touch    designer saree

cream shaded ready pleated saree. First half and ready pleats of the saree featured with floral patterns embellished with resham and sequins. Second part of the saree featured with fancy floral motifs,vertical floral stripes and similar floral pattern as featured in the first half. Framed with intricate sequin crafted patch border. Comes with a matching blouse and inskirt fabric.

About $100 from CBazzar.

In India, Dynamism Wrestles With Dysfunction – Gurgaon

In India, Dynamism Wrestles With Dysfunction   Gurgaon    miscelleneous

Beautiful picture from Gurgaon – the world class city! I have personally seen both sides of the golden wall. High rises and running generator and lush lawns on one side and little houses with no running water on the other side.

multi color block printing

multi color block printing    designer saree

I think there is potential here, like every frog has a potential to turn in to a prince.

Mishing weave from MORA by Ritika

 

Mishing weave from MORA by Ritika    traditional sarees saree shopping

I have bought so many sarees, but this one is very special, I have never seen anything like a MORA’s saree before!!!!! It’s THE most anticipated treat for myself. Ritika Mittal is the master designer of this beautiful saree. To know exactly where she traveled to get this beautiful saree made, where the weaves come from and what went into making them …. you have to read about her journey to MAJULI, here: http://ritikamittal.wordpress.com/2010/09/08/majuli/

Mishing weave from MORA by Ritika    traditional sarees saree shopping

The exquisite tribal design are weaved by the the Mishing weavers, who are Ritika’s friends. The MIshings are beautiful folks who live in a hill area in Majuli, a large river island in the Brahmaputra river, in the Indian state of Assam located in the far North-East part of India.

Mishing weave from MORA by Ritika    traditional sarees saree shopping

The 3-piece blouse set … check out the combination!

Butterfly saree – Not!

Butterfly saree   Not!    designer saree

I didn’t mind the butterfly saree, but this looks like a caterpillar saree!

Butterfly saree   Not!    designer saree