I was going to show a more modern saree drawing but this portrait caught my eye – a Bombay studio shot from perhaps the late 1880s through 1890s. What I love (though the image isn’t as clear as I’d wish), is the dressy patterned blouse and just-visible jewellery worn with a neat checked saree. It looks like she has on a choker of some sort. The young woman is probably a high-end ayah for the British parents of the sweetly posed baby who looks at his or her mother with a little anxiety.
I am a sucker for an innovative, distinctive saree ads. Mainly because what is out there is so bland; they all show a non-descript woman wearing a saree in traditional pose.
Ads ae for selling, they are to tickle your fancy and make you dream a little.
Satya Paul Diwali ad
One of the BEST, actually it might be the BEST concert that I have attended is that of Usha Uthup in San Jose California.
I wanted to shout out and tell her how much I loved her.
I love her voice, I love her style, I love her humanity and compassion, and yes, I also love her sarees…
Most of the time, you want to finesse the question of “does this belt make me look fat?” kind of question. But sometimes, you have to speak out.
That time is NOW.
Not the right way to wear a belt with a saree
This is wrong at so many levels, it pushes up the saree above the pallu, it pushes up the saree at the pleats, the saree fabric needs to be so much more flowing to pull this off.
With so much heavy embroidery on the border, the belt can’t possibly control where the folds go and what part of the saree gets raised up.
Lets not go into the placement of the belt and the rawness of the leather..
I don’t know if this was a chhotu sare by design or the belt pulled it up?!
All and all, a complete fail of the use of the belt.
Here is an example of a “belt” done right. I know, you could argue that this is really not a belt in traditional sense. Yup, it is not, but saree is not supposed to have a belt, if you want to add a belt to make it trendy, you can’t slap on a belt that you found along with your horse riding equipment.
This is the question that I get asked most often.
What are the trendy saree blouse designs these days?!
Here is the first one and expect to see a lot of these next year. - an off shoulder blouse
It was shown earlier this year in Tarun Tahiliani’s show and it looked stunning.
I really should upload my fav 100 blouse designs to share with you.
I was at a fund raising gala yesterday, and I wouldn’t say that the crowd was trendy. Two sarees stood out among 100 or so that I saw. One of them was this black saree and that was notable not because of the saree but because the grace and confidence that the woman wore it with and the other one was exceptional because of the lovely blouse design.
I am thinking of getting google glasses, so I can take pictures of some notable designs that I see… naaa, I wouldn’t do that. I respect people’s privacy too much. I wouldn’t take their picture without their permission, But it would be cool to capture those fleeting moments of seeing perfect designs donned well, don’t you think?
Love these shoes, perfect for ethnic wear!
These are from Christian Louboutin created for Manish Malhotra’s recent shows.