Time­less Royal Style

A NEW BOOK BY AMRITA GANDHI RE­VEALS THE LIFE­STYLE SE­CRETS THAT WILL SHOW YOU HOW TO CRE­ATE LUX­URY OUT OF THE OR­DI­NARY. DIS­COVER THE ART OF SET­TING A DIN­ING TA­BLE FROM THE PRINCESS OF THE ROYAL HOUSE OF RAM­PUR, LEARN HOW TO ACCESSORISE AND DRAPE YOUR CHIFF

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A new book re­veals a trea­sure trove of royal life­style tips and se­crets that will show you how to cre­ate lux­ury out of the or­di­nary.

Indira Raje, the Ma­ha­rani of Cooch Be­har and mother of Gay­a­tri Devi of Jaipur, went on to be­come one of In­dia’s big­gest royal trend­set­ters. She fell in love with and mar­ried a young prince (Ji­ten­dra Narayan) from Cooch Be­har, whom she met at the Delhi Dur­bar of 1911. Af­ter her hus­band died, she chose to only wear a white sari. She got her nine-yard white chif­fon sari wo­ven in Lyon — the finest chif­fon you could find. And her choice has had an im­pact on sub­se­quent gen­er­a­tions of royalty. Any­body who saw her talked about her star­tlingly large emer­alds, her fab­u­lous cars and the soirées she held in her home, all in those white chif­fon saris.

HOWTO PUT TO­GETHER A BRO­CADE-BOR­DER CHIF­FON

Choose a chif­fon sari with lit­tle or no em­bel­lish­ment such as em­broi­dery or se­quins. It should be ei­ther a sin­gle colour or shaded, like green go­ing to yel­low. The colour of the bro­cade bor­der should ideally be lighter than the body of the sari, dom­i­nant in sil­ver or gold with a pat­tern re­flect­ing subtly the colour of the sari. When work­ing with printed chif­fon saris, choose a finer allover print rather than a bold, loud de­sign so that the pat­tern does not com­pete with the bor­der for at­ten­tion.

THE CHIF­FON RULE BOOK

Gi­tan­jali Shah of Tehri Garhwal Printed chif­fons are only for the day; never wear a print at night.

Ku­mud Ku­mari of Gon­dal In win­ter, bright colours can perk up both your wardrobe and mood.

Shub­hangini Raje of Bar­oda Never pin your chif­fon. Leav­ing it free will al­low you greater flex­i­bil­ity.

Shob­hal Singh of Ajaigarh Wear heels with your chif­fon be­cause it gives the sari a good fall. Re­mem­ber to al­ways put your heels on first and then ad­just your sari ac­cord­ingly so that the hem is even.

Ma­ha­rani Gay­a­tri Devi

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