CHAN­DERI— A LIFE­STYLE FAB­RIC

India Today - - LIFESTYLE -

Ra­j­mata Shub­hangini Raje Gaek­wad of Bar­oda’s men­tions that Chan­deri could be con­sid­ered the ‘life­style ma­te­rial’ of Maratha rulers. Maratha royalty wore their Chan­deri as nine-yard saris in soft pas­tel colours which re­flected the sun beau­ti­fully. Their par­tic­u­lar style of drap­ing the sari was very im­por­tant as seen in the im­pos­ing por­traits of gen­er­a­tions of Gaek­wad women painted by Raja Ravi Varma. Each por­trait de­picts the Ma­ha­rani with her sari pleats ar­ranged elab­o­rately at her feet, golden pallu glis­ten­ing, the Chan­deri fab­ric draped lux­u­ri­ously over the blouse, cre­at­ing a sub­tle glow.

A por­trait of a Maratha royal lady by Raja Ravi Varma

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