Author Archives: Anu M

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A potted history of Indian clothing and fashion.

80s/90s Redux 2

“Filmy” fashions are quite often confined to film (and rightfully so!) but in the case of some of the late 80s/90s fashion here, these were actual trends that I can remember. The late 80s had a lot of geometric patterns … Continue reading

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80s/90s Redux 1

Mostly Rekha’s specracktular headgear. I feel like in the 80s/90s she ordered up all the headgear she could lay her hands on, luckily this has been documented for posterity. About 50% of the headgear seems to be Russian Czarina meets … Continue reading

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Monsoon

  In 1940 Nehru wrote: I have been to Bombay so many times, but I have never seen the coming of the monsoon there. I had been told and I had read that this coming of the first rains was … Continue reading

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The Art of Dressing

Screencaps from the colourised version of Piya Aiso Jiya Mein. Ostensibly about the piya but really an ode to the art of dressing up. Alternatively Meena is Queen of Everything. And has a few helpers. Another similar song – from … Continue reading

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The clean ease and civility of Tagore

Meanwhile the days are heating up after the spell of winter; the sun is getting hot, even as a cool breeze is blowing through the boat window and caressing my back. Today there is no special concession for winter or … Continue reading

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The Anklets post.

Sandal-Anklet [X, X, X and X] There are a number of Indian terms for anklets (nupura, payal, golusu, painjan) – anklets are often diffrentiated on the basis of bells, strings, solid coils etc. But I can’t find one for the … Continue reading

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The Contemporary Bindi

The sticker bindi revolution was probably the last major shift in bindi style.  And they are still around though you are more likely to find women wearing the “neutral” red/maroon/black round bindis on an everyday basis. And often no bindi … Continue reading

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