53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #46

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

One of the libraries in the next town over from where I live has cute little statues of children reading books, an arbor, and plenty of beautiful flowered plants in their garden area. I have had in my mind to do a photoshoot there for a long time. However, the idea didn’t come to culmination until my mom sent this beautiful Alphabet saree in a recent care package. This saree made the perfect attire for the library-themed photoshoot that I had in mind.

This beautiful printed saree is made of Mulmul Cotton Fabric with alphabet letters block printed all over. I paired it with Orange colored blouse that came with the saree and was tailor-stitched. I accessorized with orange, purple and gold colored bangles on my wrists, mutli-colored precious stone studded necklace and earrings made of silver coated with gold. Here I am posing with the girl statue who is reading a book, and I am obviously watching what she is reading.

Mulmul or Muslin as known in European countries is a soft and finely woven cotton first woven by weavers from West Bengal, India, many many hundreds of years ago. It was one of the precious commodities imported from Indian in the 16th and 17th centuries, although production of this material was largely repressed during British Raj (= British ruling India). But it has since picked up production in India during last several decades after gaining independence from England.

Mulmul cloth always reminds me of this famous Hindi (Indian Language) song titled Hawa Mein Udta Jaaye Mera Lal Dupatta Mulmul Ka (= Let My Red Mulmul Dupatta, Keep Flying In The Wind) from the 1949 hit film Barsaat (= Rain) pictured on Bimla Kumari, famous Indian actress of that time who makes a cameo appearance in this song. 

This beautiful song was penned by Ramesh Shastri, and sung by Lata Mangeshkar to the music composed by the famous duo Shankar-Jaikishan, their debut film. This song immortalized the "Mulmul Cloth" in the lines symbolizing romance and love. I do hope that in reality this material comes back in force and takes over the cloth industry.

It is very lightweight, super soft and breathable cotton that is perfect for hot summers that we get back home in India. However it did not deter me from taking pictures during the colder Fall season. Thanks to my friend, Smitha, she got me with some last remaining fall colors also as backdrop.

Here are some more from that photoshoot. First up some more shots with the little statues of children reading books.

A few in the flowering plants spread around the gardens of the library.

Here I am with the arbor with the garden and the statue in the background. 

And here are more capturing the last remaining fall colors of the season.

We successfully executed the theme, thanks to my dear friend who is as crazy as me to make my ideas come to life. 


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