Author Archives: Anu M

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A potted history of Indian clothing and fashion.

Sparsh (1980) deconstructed

Just 4 years separate Kadambari and Sparsh but the former is firmly rooted in 70s styles while Sparsh gives a glimpse of the styles of the early 80s with barely a hint of the 70s.  So let’s look at what … Continue reading

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Goddess

During this month the spirits of the ancestors descend on earth to be propitiated.  It is the time to worship the nine Durgas for prosperity in this life and future salvation.  The kings and their pandits set out to visit … Continue reading

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The Brahmika drape

I had an anon question on tumblr as an earlier question on wordpress that I will answer here together as they are kind of related. 1. I saw an early 19th century painting which showed women in a blouse and … Continue reading

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Teachers’ Day, 2017

Today is Teachers’ Day in India. A piece on one of our first women educationists. The pics: Girls School at Jaipur :- The Primary Class (1950). An interesting mix of frocks, uniforms and sarees for the young students. Students of … Continue reading

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Indians in Sweden

The images below are from IMSPIX.  The initial images I downloaded a few weeks ago were not watermarked , subsequently they have watermarks. Merely posted for illustration and educational, especially given the pictures cover several decades.  Obviously no copyright infringement … Continue reading

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Karachi and Bombay, 30s/40s

The six yard sari must have been extremely on trend in the 30s and 40s (and of course it was also the peak years of the freedom struggle which might have added to it) since it cuts across communities and … Continue reading

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In the 70s

The relaxed fashion of the 70s. Lungis, Maxis, Prints and more. Worn with a short kurta. Accesorised with a choker, bindi and watch. In the 70s : Kaftans, Halters, Maxis and Pant suits. Via  : X, X and X. Rehana … Continue reading

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