One of the most common kind of blouses in the 1950s has stripes or checks, sometimes with buttis (dots) or motifs placed in the squares. There are a variety of neck lines around but few have a wide, open neckline. Though not seen on many here, close neck or high neck blouses were very common. It is possible that a lot of this was art silk with artificial zari, though cotton (possibly in pic 7) and silk were also used. As you can see bar pic 2 (and I would love to id those print saris, they pop up now and then in the 40s and 50s), the saris are usually some kind of translucent fabric.

The history of materials in India is a story in itself. Post 1945, India resumed importing art silk, largely from Italy and Japan.  Post freedom economic measures also meant that by 1960, 70% of art silk was being produced in India [X]. The zari at this point was silver plated copper wire.  

Other examples of the type included buttis (this one is likely silk, also here) or other Indian motifs.

In the pics: Suchitra Sen, Shakila, Geeta Dutt, KR Vijaya, Savitri, Vyjayanthimala (6 and 7) and Meena Kumari. Apologies for using so many film stars but its easiest to illustrate with their solo pics:)



May your fireworks be safe and dazzling this weekend, with extra oomph and sparkle. Here are some ladies enjoying them in a North Indian painting from our collection.

Ladies and Fireworks

India, Mughal, c. 1800

Opaque watercolors on paper

Happy Independence Day, America!



Arabic calligraphy

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Me: Is it bad if I wear black on my wedding?


Me: I love black though

Mum: Aaleen please shut up black isn’t for weddings just shuddup

Me: K but what if it’s black…with sparkles…?

Mum: …………….

Me: I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna wear black.

Mum: This is why I get headaches Aaleen I swear to God

#lol   #same here   #:D  


Students in Jodhpur, India

by Ali Al-Zaidi

#India   #Rajasthan   #school  


Thiruvathira kali..Traditional dance of Kerala

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Dancer: Nahid Siddiqui

Photo from a 1986 performance in Boston, MA

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Portrait of a girl in Tajikistan. Note the colorful “atlas” silk material that is considered the most beautiful pattern for clothing in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

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I envy people who completely trust their hearts. They always listen to it and do as it “says”. They just follow it, and think everithing will be fine.

How do you manage to not think about the positive, the negative sides of your future actions? About long-term consequences? I think about that toooo much. That is my biggest problem. My life consists of question “What if …”.

Anonymous asked: Here İs My Book Questions; 2, 7, 29 and 35

2. What was the last book you read?

"I am Malala".

7. Book you laughed the hardest reading?

To be honest, I do not know. There were some books that I laughed, but nothing special. But let’s single out the book ”Waiting for Godot”. I laughed a lot at the end. It came so suddenly, and what happened in book…nothing :) When you think about it and when you realize what you’ve actually read…it was very funny for me.

29. A book that makes you feel comforted?

When I finished the book “Veronica decides to die” by Paulo Coelho, feeling was wonderful. I think it has a strong message.

35. Send me a book recommendation?

It all depends on what kind of books do you like to read. But here are some “And the Mountains Echoed” by Hosseini, “My name is red” by Orhan Pamuk, “The Art of loving” by Erich Fromm, ”We Children from Bahnhof Zoo” by Christiane F., “The Paradise trilogy” by Thalassa Ali, ”Crime and Punishment” of course. There are many more of them :)

gabbari asked: 1-6-28 :)

1. What is your favorite book?

"Crime and Punishment" by Dostoevsky. But I have to admit that the book "Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo" ie. "We Children from Bahnhof Zoo" by Christiane F. left a very strong impression on me.

6. Book you cried the hardest reading?

I cried when I read “When Nietzsche Wept” :) In fact, there is nothing about the book why you should cry, but I’ve read it in bad time, so I think I’d cry if I read any other.

28. E-readers or physical copies of books?

PHYSICAL COPIES! Always and forever! I think E-readers should be abolished.



by Marc Osborn

A man with his sitar


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#India   #Udaipur  

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Psychoanalytic interpretation of fairy tales.

I have never understood the interpretation of fairy tales by psychoanalysts. The interpretation of every movement, every expressed words of the main characters. In all this are hidden sexual motives. The red color in the fairy tale ”Little Red Riding Hood” is interpreted as the color of sexuality. What do you think, will a 3-year-old child understand the connection between that two? Also, psychoanalysts see Little Red Riding Hood as very young girl who is trying to attract the attention of the wolf, interpreted as a mature man. In an earlier version of the fairytale, there is a part where Little Red Riding Hood is in bed with the wolf. But, does the child can interpret Little Red Riding Hood as nymphomaniac? To be honest, none of this things would never occurred to me even at this age.

I think that fairy tales should not be interpreted by adults. Because anyone who is even remotely clever will interpret them in some way. That is normal. All of us, in everyday life, interpret other people’s stories and sentences in different ways. We always read between the lines. This is because of our experience. What experiences with sexuality (or any other things) have small children so they can understand all this in this way? If now all of us began to interpret even the smallest part of the fairy tales, we could find a lot of things. But why? Fairy tales are for children, keep it that way.

You do not want to know how is interpreted character of Snow White who lived with seven men.