This is typical Jaipuri (from Jaipur(Rajasthan)) texture of Saree. See the pattern of Saree. These patterns have been evolved over a long period of time and the combination of red, blue and white is just amazing.
Again, like in the previous post, this is a great scene. It looks like you captured a very peaceful moment on this womanâ€™s daily life. It looks so real, like I could just go and touch or smell some of those pretty fabrics in the background.
And those colours she is wearing, brilliant: the orange and purple with the white print, so vivid and youthful, so full of energy. Perhaps she is wearing the same sort of outfit she used to wear in her 20s, including those great sandals. Seeing all this in a woman of her age is specially moving and wonderful. And the way the fabric falls over her arm and creates all those pleats and volumes… Beautiful shot Sartorialist!
These kanoko shibori (sorry, I only know the Japanese term) patterns are always so amazing. What needs to be realized is that every single white “dot” has to be tied by hand! There are machines that do it now, but the small irregularities in her sari prove that it was done by hand. The border between the orange and purple seems to show that the two colors were dip-dyed. I love seeing that traditional dyeing is still alive… (Who knows, maybe she dyed it herself!)
The sari is indeed handmade, as fraise said. It is a bandhej or bandini; a literal translation would be “to tie”. So each and every white dot has been tied by hand, a pattern formed,and then the fabric is dip-dyed. Remember the sari is six yards long so you can imagine the work involved.
tattoos are used to identify the village you are from and is a common practice in some parts of india. many people have the tattoos done at a young age and cover a large part of the body (may include face and neck)
Such beautiful colors. This may be the kind of shot you were originally trying to avoid (“great color” blah, blah), but there is a reason people take those pictures in India. Color, and the appreciation of it, seems to be a truly integral part of life for Indian people, and when we see it, it’s impossible not to be seduced by it.
Your eye is not being watered down by that. As in all of your shots, we can use it as inspiration for our own wardrobes.
Wow! Thank you “sukesh kumar”, “fraise”, anon 10:52, and anon 1:44 for your wonderful insights! :) I had no clue that each white dot needs to be tied! That’s amazing, and the woman looks very pretty! Older women need to wear more vibrant colors! Love her chapals, toe rings, and bangles..
She is just perfect…. She is a work of art. Everything is just so pure, so beautiful…. the colours, the sandals, the bracelets.. Two or three milenium of culture gives this perfect artistic construction… She is a real princess
Sart, did you find her near Janpath? I think she is laying out handmade/embroidiered cushion/pillow covers on the sidewalk (aka footpath in India) to sell near the Janpath market. When I was there last, I saw a lady just like her and she spoke to me in perfect English – absolutely correct grammer – bowled me over. Anyways, it is a Rajasthani/Bandhej sari as someone noted above. The tattoos are also ornamental (sometimes though they are both “body art” and practical with peoples names and villages on them) — Rajasthan is absolutely beautiful. It is not chic like Mumbai or Delhi (or NY or Milan) but Rajasthan is seductive with its use of color. You will end up taking what otherwise have put put down as “touristy” shots but you might enjoy going to Rajasthan. Thank you for helping me experience home away from home. Homesick Indian in America
Truly a strong and vibrant lady captured in this picture. Hoping to go to India one day. My father side came to Jamaica to work the sugar cane fields, so I have always wanted to visit to pay tribute to their sacrifice.
This shot is so vivid that it’s almost like you brought us to India. I love the colors and the candidness of it – and also how I can almost feel that patch of sun shining through nearby, and hear the sounds of the surroundings :).