India Today - - LIFESTYLE -

Chan­deri saris be­ing sheer made the fit­ting of blouses all the more im­por­tant. One type of blouse that came to be favoured was the corset blouse. It was a fit­ted corset blouse that came down to just be­low the waist. It had a slit at the back from where back-pleats could be brought out as re­quired for drap­ing a nine-yard sari. Neck­lines were usu­ally of a U or a V shape and were al­ways high at the back. The blouse was cut in princess style, in the man­ner of western gowns, with darts com­ing down only from the shoul­der to the waist to max­i­mize the cur­va­ture of the waist. Some­times each blouse was cut in as many as eight pieces. An­other se­cret to the cut was that many of the blouses had a small V go­ing in­wards just be­low the bust—that gave the blouse a per­fectly tai­lored, fig­ure-flat­ter­ing fit.

Ma­ha­rani Chimnabai II, ( right)

and daugh­ter Indira Raje

Chan­deri fab­ric in sleeve But­tons two darts pock­ets

Chan­deri sleeve blouse

FRONT left over right

FRONT (right de­tail­ing) cen­tre front ex­ten­sion for but­ton placket ‘V’ shape cut

BACK cen­tre back princess line side slit for sari pallu

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