I will stop with the 50s here. Though there is so much material you could start a 1950s India tumblr and find enough material to keep it going for a long time.
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It is an arresting image. Not sure who they are, its from the haystack site. I should check with Betsy, I think her family donated most of the photographs.
No worries. Ah I see - I went and had a look at the images and I see what you mean!
and behind these women will come some twenty women-porters, with canes in their hands all covered with silver, and close to them come women clothed in the following manner. They have very rich and fine silk cloths; on the head they wear high caps which they call COLLAES,
Hi Anon, I had a look at the book on archive and got a little confused as pages 111-112 don’t seem to refer to headgear. Chapter XVII around page 252 (Narrative of Paes) makes reference to male headgear from a very quick read. At page 273 there is a reference to the high cap called collae on women (quoted above). The note below says this refers to Kullayi in Telugu and was likely a man’s headdress.
From a few paintings and Krishnadevaraya's statue at Tirupati (X, X), we know that men wore a particular kind of headdress (also see X). Kamat’s says this is the kulavi so I assume this is what the women wore. Normally women’s hairstyles from this time are probably similar to those seen in Lepakshi paintings.
If you are referring to another page, let me know.At this point Vijayanagara was influential in South India and the Pallavas barely around. I assume you are referring to the earlier Pallava dynasty?
Are the statues in Tirupati located inside the temple complex? I can’t remember ever seeing them or having heard them mentioned before…
What’s interesting is that recently commissioned statues completely depart from this, it’s like some manufactured medieval pan Indian king costume:)
Wow, talk about a re-invention of style. Is it somebody taking artistic license or a political move to create, as you said, a “pan-Indian” ruler? Hmmm…well, I have vowed not to stand in queues at the temple ever again, but I will try to keep an eye out for the statues the next time we’re in Tirupati.
Partly ignorance I think, partly a conflating of various periods and kingdoms to give a pan-Indian Hindu look or in this case South of the Vindhyas look.
Even though there is an abundance of statuary in the country which make very clear the costumes of Indian kingdoms, we don’t really depict these in modern times. So say a stage drama will make Vijayanagara vaguely suggestive of the Marathas. Maybe we feel uneasy with the kind of clothing ancient and medieval Indians wore, it’s almost like we still have the Victorian mindset (Brits, you have a lot to answer for!!). Paes on the other hand (the Portuguese writer who visited Vijayanagara) is in raptures about the clothing and jewels.
Ages since I have been to Tirupati myself. There are so many quiet, beautiful temples that lie neglected that I skip the popular ones.