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Vintage Sunday Sarees at Church in Andhra Pradesh

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Pretty saree in a plum colour, with what must have been a very lovely pallu, wrapped and tucked around at the waist.  Grandmother’s unadorned white saree didn’t photograph well, so drape lines were drawn in by hand afterwards.  Baby wears a simple dress of ca. 1920s Western style, low waisted, and reaches into a biscuit tin.

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Rather garish tinting on this postcard, but still an interesting look at the choices the American missionaries made. Also from the earlier decades of the 20th century, I like the traditional skirt outfits the younger girls are wearing. Many places in what is now Andhra Pradesh are known for their hand woven and printed cotton sarees; lots in my collection.

Oprah Winfrey in a saree : can Oprah do for sarees what she does for sales of books?

Oprah Winfrey in a saree : can Oprah do for sarees what she does for sales of books?    firangi friday saree bollywood saree

“Leaving the home of Abishek and Ashwirya… Having just seen their gorgeous baby” as Operah says

While on a trip to Mumbai on Monday, Oprah Winfrey got all decked out in a chic sari, the silk garment popular with women in India.

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Talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey is on her maiden visit to India. And guess who is taking her around – Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and hubby Abhishek Bachchan.

Oprah Winfrey chose to go truly Indian as she draped an orange and golden sari as she went to meet Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai and her 2-month-old baby on Monday night in Mumbai.

She was greeted by top-notch Indian socialites and Bollywood glitterati including megastar Amitabh Bachchan, superstar Shah Rukh Khan, and her ever favourite Aishwarya Rai at a private party thrown by page 3 socialite Parmeshwar Godrej.

But before all of that Oprah made it a point to stop and visit the main star- Aishwarya’s baby.

Oprah went to visit the Bachchan residence Jalsa to meet Abhishek and Aishwarya’s two month-old daughter, nicknamed ‘Beti B’. The meeting was at the top of her priority list upon her arrival in Mumbai. She was at their residence for more than an hour.

Amitabh Bachchan then took over the role of a chauffeur and along with Abhishek, Aishwarya and wife Jaya drove Oprah to a party.

Overwhelmend by Oprah’s gesture Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: “The gracious Oprah Winfrey visits our home, to meet us and bless the baby..warm hearted, endearing .. drive her to party in her honor”

He also seemed thrilled to see the lady in saree “And Oprah in sari .. looking lovely !!”

The family accompanied Oprah to a private party hosted at the socialite’s residence in Mumbai according to Daily Bhaskar.

The party saw an impressive footfall from Bollywood, filmmakers Ashutosh Gowariker and Rajkumar Hirani, as well as actors Anupam Kher, his son Sikander Kher, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra, Shilpa Shetty with hubby Raj Kundra, Abhay Deol with actress-girlfriend Preeti Desai, Lara Dutta, Dino Morea, Sameera Reddy, Kalki Koechlin, Kangna Ranaut, Anil Kapoor and Imran Khan were in attendance for the high profile party.

Celebrities took to Twitter to share their excitement upon meeting the 57-year-old iconic lady.

Sameera Reddy tweeted: “My god! Oprah Winfrey is the warmest most down to earth person I haveever met! What a personality! I’m thrilled.”

Heavily pregnant actress Lara Dutta was equally upbeat about being in the company of Winfrey, as well as her “Don 2: The King Is Back” co-star Shah Rukh.

“@Oprah and @iamsrk, two people I absolutely adore! Thank you for making my day! Now can go into labour happily!” posted Lara.

According to news agency PTI, Oprah is amazed by the tolerance and system of joint families in India.

She likes the way families learn to love and live together.

On Tuesday she visited a city slum at Colaba in Mumbai and is also had dinner with a family of four generations.

Oprah is in India primarily to shoot for her new show ‘Next Chapter’.

Oprah’s ‘Next Chapter’ is the next edition of her famous talk show in which she will travel around the world interviewing celebrities, newsmakers and others.

She will be travelling to India to shoot with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra for ‘Next Chapter’.

She will also participate in the Jaipur Literary Festival to be held from January 20 to 22.

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Vintage Sunday Sarees Goes Back… and Got Back!

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Once more, as promised, some of the delightful watercolours by early 20th century artist M.V. Dhurandhar!  This fashionable young lady wears a sheer checked black saree with a solid red blouse, staying with that classic black and red look, highlighted with gold or white.  She represents “A Marathi (or Mahratti) Lady” who just exudes sophisticated restraint, minimal good jewellery, perfect hair and all that.

 I like it that her saree, while draped like the modern Nivi, does not have the regimented perfect pleats.  Hers are simpler, with more life and a different kind of movement at the feet.  The weave also has an open character, allowing little breezes through the hand-woven fabric. 

Another way to stay cool in the state of Maharashtra comes from the beach – the rather risque painting of the “Bombay Fishwife” in the pose that shows that baby got back!  This view from behind was understandably popular on postcards.  How else to show a simple working woman in what is really a folk style, but also a revealing look at what most tourists or British chaps would never have dared to share with those at home. 

Yet it is not vulgar, even for 70 or 80 years ago, as Dhurandhar has made the pose a classical one, akin to the most beautiful of ancient Greek statues.  There is a grace to the anonymous woman’s form, and she clearly demonstrated strength and purpose at her daily tasks.  Her hair, too, is neatly in place and bracelets adorn her arms. Even the large fish is painted with panache. 

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Interesting sarees at Neeta Lulla bridal show – not all of them on the ramp – Neena and Masaba Gupta

Interesting sarees at Neeta Lulla bridal show – not all of them on the ramp – Neena and Masaba Gupta    saree blouse design designer saree

Neeta Lulla showed a ton of beautiful sarees and lahenga at the Bridal show.

But the picture that caught my eye was that of mother daughter duo of Neena and Masaba Gupta.

Neena Gupta is an Indian film and television actress and director-producer. She won the 1994 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for Woh Chokri. She is a popular actress in Indian commercial cinema, but it is her work with art filmmakers of India, like Shyam Benegal that got her recognition as an actress of considerable repute. She also hosted the Indian version of the television quiz show The Weakest Link, Kamzor Kadii Kaun.

She had a brief affair with former West Indian cricketer Vivian Richards, with whom she has a daughter, Masaba.

This is a delightful story in itself. Travel back to 1989, yes a long time ago. It seemed that West Indian cricket star Viv Richards swept into Mumbai one day, had a one night stand with Neena and vanished leaving her pregnant. Also, with the finger of suspicion pointing towards Viv, the international media, too, took a keen and amused interest in his escapade and the ‘affair’ was widely publicised.

Elite newspapers and mediapersons stood aghast as she gave birth to a baby girl — boldly and unrepentantly — without marriage and without even announcing the name of the child’s father.

She had guts! I and I admired her for that. I hear that Viv Richards visits her often. “I never expected this. But I am happy I had Masaba. I have no regrets on that score. Without her, I would be a drifter. She is my anchor and she knows the circumstances of her birth. Viv and I are friends but we can never marry.” Neena says.

I also heard that she recently got married to a partner at PwC. I wish her well and from the picture above she looks happy and ultimately thats what counts.

Ok, back to the sarees.

I loved both of these sarees. Both of them are interesting and different and have character.

I am just waiting for someone to say (where is that sharp witted women?) that the saree looks like the curtains from a bad hotel room, but I think that is a problem with lace. From close up, it looks delicate and intricate, from any distance it looks lumpy. But I think something special has been done to the saree blouse. The antique piece is probably an add on, but I think it looks great. Not fabulous, but great.

Masab’s saree on the other hand is a quirky one. Looks a little dated, but that doesn’t mean it has lost its charm. The juxtaposition of checkered blouse with grey and antique yellow saree is very attractive.

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Bhumika Chawla in a Gorgeous Black Saree

Actress Bhumika Chawla looks stunning in this sheer black saree.

Bhumika Chawla in a Gorgeous Black Saree    bollywood saree

And what’s even more amazing……

Bhumika Chawla in a Gorgeous Black Saree    bollywood saree

She can run in a saree! I applaud you Bhumika. I’ll stick with taking baby steps in my sarees; don’t want to unravel.

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Designer Kanchipuram Silk saree – exquisite design of krishna and Yashoda

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Don’t forget to check the details on the border – very nicely done!

Gorgeous maroon traditional pallu with Maa yashodha with baby Lord
Krishna on the lap.

A canvas of breathtaking designs with exotic vibrant colours on pure silk inspired by the rich heritage of India, the replica of antique paintings in Orissa is weaved beautifully with silk thread on the saree by our master craftsmen, the pallu is rich with intricate work with pure zari, the blouse piece has the motifs in zari weaved alternatively with silk thread, soft to wear and drape and to feel the comfort and aesthetic feeling of natural silk woven with hands and pure jari.

Specification:
1. Silk Yarn Used for Weaving Silk Saree is Mulberry Silk Yarn
2. Silk Yarn Denier Used for Warp is 18/20s and Weft is 20/22s
3. Jari Purity: Gold-0.56% to 0.58%, Silver-65 to 70%,

Material: Pure Kanchipuram Silk
Saree Size: Length 5.50-6.40 Meters x Width 1.16-1.24 Meters
Blouse Piece: Attached with saree. Saree Width x 1 Meter Length

About $500, if you are wondering.

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