Such a pretty saree for hot weather…. The traditional crinkle in the fabric lends coolness as well as a bit of opacity, and adds to the overall variety of textures in this studio photograph. Though cropped a bit due to the uneven edges of a damaged mount, the visual space remains tall and open and the elegant props suggest a date near the turn of the 20th century. Check out the classical statuette, the marble column, plants and draperies.
We can guess that the white cotton saree has at least two (probably three) colors at the borders, and that the Western-influenced blouse with a wide ruffle is also white. I absolutely love the sitter’s complete look, and would wear this any time, any place!
A beautifully coloured postcard from Raja Ravi Varma shows young girls in South Indian fashions at the turn of the 20th century. The tinting is far better than what we see in most images of this era, which is not surprising considering the high quality of Varma’s work in prints and his original paintings. The shades of greeny-maroon and light blues are so yummy, and I am intrigued by the long-sleeved blouse on the little girl at the left.
The jewellery being worn is distinctively different from the usual - septum pieces, upper-ear elements, more belts, heavier bracelets, cool toe rings, and those solid wire neck-ring/torques! I tried on a simple vintage necklace like these at a tribal dance conference a year or so ago, and with no added decorations it was about $50. I didn’t buy it, though I sure thought about it all that weekend. I did get some other small pieces, but nothing like the torques.
I would do anything to pull this look on my wedding day. No fuss, no drama, no walking-jewelry-shop look with bling-blings sticking out of ears and nose. Just a beautiful brown girl in her elements on her big day. But, what is it about her really, that I’m so drawn to? Is it her beautiful skin? her long wavy hair? her bronzy sleeveless blouse? her minimal accessories? The whole ensemble I guess, I don’t know but she is my perfect bride, in Gaurav Gupta’s creation.
This could easily have been a ‘Wordless Wednesday’ post but I think a little context is worthwhile here. The woman in the picture is, fashion designer, Anupama Dayal and, yes, she is wearing one of her own creations. Love the smile, love the pose and, certainly, love the saree!
(You can see the article this picture is from by clicking on the picture.)
This lively image is from a charming little article by, Australian, Ashleigh Bonner (on the left here, I think) published in The Age newspaper. It explains how, during a trip to India with her sister, the two of them are invited to a wedding and goes into the trials and tribulations of getting suitably attired. I think they did pretty well.
(You can read the article by clicking on the picture.)
Just what some of us would have wanted to accessorise our trendiest sarees back in the late 1920s - a very beautiful car! I love the way the model’s pallu is draped around to fall in front showing almost no blouse. It looks really sleek and modern that way, soooo elegant! And I find it interesting that the saree hem is what could be called “walking length” rather than hiding the cute, low heeled pumps.
Of course, the chauffeur would have worn a snappy uniform, and I don’t really think she is going to go off anywhere all by herself, despite casually opening the driver’s side door. Any fans of old vehicles know the make, model and year of this classic machine?
Sunny is a designer in Los Angeles. He loves the fluidity and fluency of a saree and believes that when a woman wears a saree, she not only adorns her body but she also adorns her soul. His design ethos is that “simplicity never goes out of style.”
Indrani is a video journalist in Kuala Lumpur. She seamlessly blends east and west by doing the Bharat Natyam steps and Tango, without missing a beat. She has an infectious smile, a youthful sense of the fashion and a timeless sense of the style.
Rupa Gupta: A writer, editor and journalist, Rupa has been in the media for more than two decades. She has worked as Editor with major publications, both in India and abroad. a keen eye for fashion and current trends. Her sense of aesthetics transcends the hype and always finds the true beauty.
Liza Varma is a former Femina Miss India and well known model in Delhi. Today, she is a leading Fashion Choreographer with over 1000 shows to her credit in India and abroad. She is also a member of the Fashion Design Council of India and a Consultant with Shoot Talent Management. Her client list is the who’s who of Indian fashion industry.
Misty is a student in London and has her fingers on the pulse of London fashion industry.
Abhi is a student in San Francisco and showcases sensuous saree pictures.
Kamini is a model in Los Angeles and loves to accentuate the best a saree has to offer.