Category Archives: retro

Videshi/Swadeshi

Sumair [a relative] wanted to present me with a divine sari of pure gold that was her wedding present and she doesn’t want to wear for she claims to wear only French materials. Poor Indian women of queer tastes, they … Continue reading

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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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The 70s in a single pic

I chanced upon this pic on ebay and in it are all the glorious 70s trends! First up its prints, prints, prints. The maxis* – at least I think they are maxis, the construction of the lower part is interesting. … 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

A short list of Indian period dramas

While doing posts on contemporary regional Indian period movies, I made a rough list of Indian period films. These are listed below. Some are historicals but the bulk fall into the 19th and 20th century.  The list is fairly rough … Continue reading

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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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All About Hair

I had a bit of a meandering look at the history of hairstyles in India on tumblr and as always this post collates it on wordpress. curnakuntala (Sanskrit): locks or ringlets hair style. alaka-avali (Sanskrit): hair arrangement in spiral locks … Continue reading

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The North-East Post

This doesn’t cover all the North Eastern states of India neither is it chronological or thematic. Rather it’s a North East sampler that includes a fair bit of dance forms in the North-East. The components of the Manipuri dance costume … 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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