Feb 4 2014
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Jan 30 2014
This is a little off topic but I thought it was worth mentioning here.
The sarees being worn here are more of a uniform than a fashion statement. These women are members of the Gulaabi Gang (the Pink Gang), an all-female group of vigilantes from the Bundelkhand area of Uttar Pradesh. The gang was founded, in 2006, by the fearless and feisty Sampat Pal to fight for the rights of women in the area. They adopted the pink sarees to identify themselves and the pink sticks for protection!
Life can be particularly tough for women in parts of rural India. Domestic violence, rape and dowry-related murder are all too common. Many of these crimes go unreported and even if they are reported local officials are often slow to investigate them. The Gulaabi Gang, which now has over 20,000 members, are trying to correct this.
The gang has recently been the subject of a book, ‘Pink Sari Revolution’, by Amana Fontanella-Khan. This has brought them to the attention of a worldwide audience but it has also raised their profile in India too. To such an extent that a Bollywood film is now being made about them called Gulaab Gang, starring Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla.
Jan 30 2014
I am loving this Mughal art print sarees
Jan 30 2014
Don’t remember where I saw this, but this chanderi saree gently blowing in the wind, stole my heart.
Did you know that Krishna’s cousin, Shishupal is credited with creating Chanderi sarees?
Chanderi, which is amongst the best known handloom clusters, occupies a special place because of its centuries old weaving specialty of producing finely textured fabrics of silk and cotton embellished with zari woven work, and more specifically because of its saris that have been patronized by royalty. Chanderi is known to have its origin back in the Vedic Period, and is believed to have founded by Lord Krishna’s cousin, Shishupal. The Chanderi produces three kinds of fabrics: Pure Silk, Chanderi Cotton and Silk Cotton. The motifs have come a long way from the traditional coin, floral and peacocks to the geometrics. Chanderi Saree, a product intricately woven by hand interspersed with the delicacy of the extra weft motifs that has for times immemorial satisfied the refined tastes of the royalty.