The old postcard above is one of a Marwaree girl from the very late 19th or early 20th century. She is wearing a saree with a design of high-contrast stripes in at least five colours. Her tiny choli is of interest, though, because of its construction and fit. Tight enough to function as a brassiere, the shaped pieces of fabric are highlighted with strips of ribbon or contrasting fabric. Dancing girls frequently wore such blouses, and I suspect it was for some support as well as to look alluring. This photograph would have been spectacular if printed in the real colours!
Here is a bright choli of the same basic type, showing the trim on the bust seams for shaping and interest – and giving an idea of the rich shades of brocade, lining, ties and metallic ribbon. This blouse is in a museum, and dates from the earlier decades of the 20th century. Some sixty years before the blouse might have been entirely sheer silk with nothing underneath (see girl on left below), or an even more elaborate arrangement with metal foil, faux jewels and other decorations stitched on the garments. The sepia image is a detail from my favorite choli picture ever, taken c. 1872 in Lucknow. Sunny wrote about this intriguing photograph some time ago.
This stylish blouses were exclusively designed for Pantaloons Femina Miss India East 2010 finalists. I really appreciate the little details given to each design.
Palki on their fabrics/prints…
“The Fabric collection compromises of traditional Benarisis, Brocades, Silks among other heritage fabrics. These are textured with prints, fancy dyeing…and further embellished with state of art workmanship using mukaish, dabka, zardosi….finely fusing into fine silhouettes with clever mix of fabrics and cuts.” – Palki, Kolkata
Ruffed shoulders give a feminine and dainty look to a blouse. I think a small ruffle adds a certain fun spunk to a blouse. Here are a few of my picks fom cbazaar’s latest designs.
A red brocade style blouse with ruched cap sleeves $49
A bouse fit for a princess: light blue polysilk with sequined stripes and net cap sleeves $52
A unique look with a red brocade and zardosi band and yellow/red ruffed netting over the shoulders $95
Bluish purple net cap sleeves give this blouse a very feminine touch $49
NEW DELHI: Shantaram’s eyes were weary. But he couldn’t suppress the proud smile on his face. A masterpiece all the way, he thought to himself
giving the nine-yard wrap one last look.
Read about saree sales being up by 20+ in the last year…
Brocade borders for the saree have been around for a long long time however the brocade blouse designs have seen their ups and downs.
I find it very attractive when the blouse brocade is well matched with the pallu or even border brocade work.
This pink crush brocade georgette saree with zari work on black pallu is well balanced and offers a good shape definition to the saree.