Indian Beauty

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS)

Picture Postcard depicting a Woman wearing a Nine-yard Brocade Sari.

The poem by Shanta Shelke reads:
"In this old cupboard there is a bundle of
clothes lying at the bottom
Some old textiles, kunchi-topri (child caps),
shela and shawls...
Amongst these there is a paithani sari kept
with utmost care
This beautiful green paithani has a pallu
with narali and brocaded checkered design
My grandmother wore this paithani on her
wedding day
Holding its pallu (the decorative end of
saree) she took the blessings of all ...
There are moments when I hold the
paithani close to my heart as close can be
Its soft, silken caress brings my
grandmother back to me
The intervening years vanish
Time’s broken thread runs whole again
O golden squares of my grandmother’s sari
Tell her of my well being then."

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  • Title: Indian Beauty
  • Location: India
  • Type: Picture Postcard
  • History of Style of Technique: Hassel-free days of childhood end quickly and the spring of life commences with youth. As spring brings colour and fragrance the youth also experiences different emotions in life. This is also a stage when a person enters the world of a householder. Marriage initiates the life of a householder. Textiles associated with this new phase of life gain importance. Every religion, region and community has its own textiles associated with marriage ceremonies. Generally the bride wears either a red or yellow costume as red symbolizes hope and a new beginning and yellow symbolizes happiness as well as knowledge. On leaving her maiden world behind, along with sweet memories the bride takes with her heirloom textiles wrapped with blessings and love of her parents and dear ones. Thus traditional textiles are passed on from generation to generation as a symbol of love and care.
  • Accession Number: 84.7/6

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