Vintage Indian Clothing

A brief and non-linear pictorial history of Indian fashion. And the women who are much more than their (often) fabulous clothes.

My "avatar" is usually a photograph of the actress Kanan Devi.

Light, smooth, not dry, unctuous with oil like butter, pleasant in smell, penetrating the skin, unobtrusive, not losing colour,  capable of bearing heat, allaying heat and pleasant to touch - Kautilya’s Arthashastra on sandalwood. 

The practice of applying sandalwood paste designs (common in ancient India -pic 1 of Simi in Siddhartha) survives in India as caste marks (as in Manipur) and part of bridal decoration. Similar marks are seen in Myanmar (thanaka is a paste similar to sandalwood paste) and Madagascar

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