Category Archives: India

In the 1960s

I had a query awhile ago on styles for students and young women in the 1960s. While I answered that privately I thought a few points from it might be interesting to some of you. For comparison screencaps (top) are … Continue reading

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For my mother

I don’t post much personal stuff but today is my mother’s death anniversary and once in awhile I like to remember her in a public way:) The post does however tie in with the themes of my blog, retro style … Continue reading

Posted in 1980s, Family, fashion, India, Indian Awards, Indian Dress, Indian Navy, Indian Women, Maharashtra, Military, retro, Sari, Sari Blouse, Uniforms, women doctors, Women in Uniform | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Shawl Post

I did a series of posts on shawls on tumblr that started in the early winter. We are past that now but still in winter so rug up for the ride:) Unless you are in the Southern Hemisphere i.e. In … Continue reading

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All About the Bindi

The bindi/pottu/sindoor/tikli – whatever name it be known by – is probably the most emblematic of Indian elements of attire and also has a long history. It is symbolic (as a signifier of marital status or of caste),  part of … Continue reading

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The Rangoli Post

Source for Rangoli terms-X.  Pic Source – X. (~1890s, click for larger view). Making an Alpana, Santiniketan, 1954. Life Magazine, 7 February 1955. From what I know, the use of rice flour or paste is intentional and is meant as … Continue reading

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Lit Post – 3

Kamala was simply dressed in a pink silk sari, fastened on the right shoulder with the diamond coronet which Tara had lately given her. The thick soft tresses of her long jet-black hair were wreathed with white roses, and she … Continue reading

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Indian Royals – 1

Unidentified man, Jaipur, possibly royalty. Painted portrait (gelatin silver print and watercolour) from the 1930s. The collared coat is possibly a sherwani – a garment that displaced the jama, angarkha kind of tunics of the Mughal and Rajput courts by … Continue reading

Posted in 1900s, 1920s, 1930s, 20th century, Colonial, Costume, Culture, Early 20th Century, historical costume, historical dress, historical fashions, History, India, Indian Dress, Indian fashion, Indian History, Indian men, Indian royalty, Islamic Dress, Islamic style, Painted Photographs, Photography, Royalty, vintage costume, Vintage Men | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Music Post

From a series of posts I did the week of 13 July 2015-17 July 2015. Saraswati painted by Hishida Shunsō [X, X] Flute Player (1) and Esraj Player (2), Nandalal Bose.  Both were painted in 1937 and were commissioned by … Continue reading

Posted in 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 20th century, Culture, Early 20th Century, Folk, Folk Dance, Goddess, Hinduism, India, Indian Music, Indian Singers, Indian Women, Japanese art, Music, Paintings, photodivision, Photography, regional styles, Sari, Sari Blouse, Sets, South India, Vintage Blouse, Vintage Music, vintage photography, vintage sari, Women | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Buddhism Post

I had done this set of posts starting on Buddha Purnima on tumblr but it’s taken me till now to collate it on WP.  In some ways posts are more coherent on WP so despite the delay here it is.  … Continue reading

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The Islamic Dress Post

When you think of Muslim influenced fashion in India you think of anarkalis, gauzy dupattas, tight churidars, a North Indian style that has a tremendous grip on the popular imagination not least because of Hindi movies. While the Mughals with … Continue reading

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