A saree break.

The previous modifier of dress – especially in North India – was of course Islamic rule.  There is a great deal of variation within this from fitted tunics to serious trouser flares. These styles live on – the description here of an empire gown seems to  correspond for e.g. to modern “Anarkalis”.

All of it involves a great degree of diaphanous layering bringing to mind the sweet liquefaction of a Herrick poem.

Still from Junoon.

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A potted history of Indian clothing and fashion.
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