Adding to its beauty is the gorgeous embroidery done in fiery pastels such as red, orange, and blue. The zigzag weave that you could zoom in on has a special name, kinnauri, that is endemic to Himachal Pradesh. There are three thick and spaced out panels of coloured weave from the border upwards, which dominate the field of the shawl. Its inky black base colour, interspersed with some inevitable bits of white observable upon zooming, serves to bring out the charm of the kinnauri. Team this with a statement evening saree at a gala in the height of the winters.
It comes with an adjustable cord, so you could arrange it to spread comfortably around your shoulders or turn it into an ethnic choker. The central chunk of cut-glass chunk has been ground into a wider piece with its lower edge polished to imitate the silhouette of petals. Along the lower edge of the whole necklace is a multitude of pearly white and red drops of miniscule proportions. Similar ones are to be found along the lower edge of the earrings as well. Let this vivid-coloured set become your signature ethnic accessory by teaming it with your everyday Indian suits and sarees.
It is a very delicate moment between husband and wife. She is clearly not succeeding in her pure, womanly endeavour given the translucence of the fabric. Her beauty, despite the nakedness, lies within the sacred precinct of her husband's singular presence, whose gaze she returns helplessly, almost pleadingly. Her skin is a roseate fair, the the dull gold of her ornaments almost blending in with her complexion. The soft, rounded features of her face make for a beauty that pleases as opposed to one that pleasures, that is inspiring and not intimidating. The dark green of the background brings out the subject, and the disarray she is in, with perfection.
Her slender torso is bedecked with a number of necklaces, each carved with greater skill than the other. A couple of lotuses in full bloom are entwined with Her sash on either side of Her. Her legs are placed in padmasana. The high double-lotus pedestal of this sculpture bears huge prominent petals, setting off off the lissome frame of the Goddess to perfection.
The Ardhanarishvara stands against a background of dense sunset-coloured clouds. A network of green vines and pink and white blooms frame the figure, like a natural aureole. The central figure is formed in the best proportions of both the male and the female forms, the distinction between the two given away by colour as well as silhouette. Decked up in streams of pearly white shringar, the silk clothing of the divine is held below the navel by a kirtimukha brooch and floats about the figure as if floating. The pale blue clouds at the feet of Devi Parvati and the blue jets of stream at Lord Shiva's complement the vibrant colour palette that dominates the composition. The soothing effect of these colours are matched the superb calm on the beauteous face of the divine.
It is an unassuming colour palette - rose gold and moss green and steely silver, all of which are in seductive, translucent tints. This bracelet would go with a wide variety of outfits. Think everyday western-wear, contemporary suits and sarees, or Indo-western moods. It will not only up the glamour quotient of your presence, but also serve to make a statement grounded in ethnic fashion. Charming and quirky, it is a superbly youthful piece and one to turn heads and start conversations whenever you are wearing it.
The structure of the dress is such as to highlight the woman's form and whatever she has by way of tallness. The straight-fit kameez comes with a deep neckline, which is complemented by the superbly long sleeves and low hemline. Crocheting work in blue makes up the designed panel at the centre against the yellow, the hem defined by more crocheted panels in varying colours. The signature choodidar trousers complements the rest of the dress. The chiffon dupatta, as light and translucent and dominantly pink as it is, completes the glamour of this dress.
Marble is a difficult medium to work with. It takes years of learning and practice to perfect one's way around stone. The marble sculptures that you see in our collection, of which this is a fine example, have been handpicked with the greatest care. Note the sheer degree of skill that must have gone into this number - the Devi's and Her lion's minute proportions such as the digits and the expressive facial features, the stateliness of the lifelike posture, and detailing in the weapons. Hints of gold detailing in the adornments of the two as well as the weapons bring out the pristine colour of the high-quality marble. The composition has been placed on a relatively austere pedestal to highlight the aforementioned details.
It was during the 4th century A.D. that anthropomorphic figures of Ganga and Yamuna started appearing in art and architecture (as on shrine doors). Ganga is known for her purity and divinity. Hence she is painted here in pure white. Even the fish that she rides upon is white. The frill of her garment is painted pink giving it an illusory look of a lotus seat. A number of head ornaments and other jewellery decorate her divine body. A halo around her head define her status.
Surrounding the muddy waters is the foliage bearing flowers, around which are white icy mountains. Curling clouds in the clear blue sky is characteristic of the Pahari school. Floral decorations around the oval subject speak of Mughal inspiration. The main border conflicts with the painting.
It is the superbly carved pendant that is the most statement-making aspect of this devotional neckpiece. Zooming in on the sacred figurines would enable you to appreciate the precision and skill that have gone into the work. The altar is replete with serrated pillars and an engraved roof rimmed with lotus petals, typical of South Indian temple architecture. The haloes of Shiva-Parvati are intact, and it is on Nandi Himself that they are seated. A jade-coloured gem sits on the roof of the temple, besides the dark red stones that punctuate the silver in the rest of the neckpiece. Note the pearly white drops beneath the pendant that add to its beauty.
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