In many cultures in the Eastern hemisphere, lifestyle devices are structured with the intention of security and protection. Clothes and costumes are designed to deflect the viewer\u2019s eyes rather than to \u00a0attract them. Veils are an example of such a device.\nThey act as a view-firewall so that only those with the password have access .\nBut other costumes / adornments seem to be doing the exact opposite. They appear to have to enticement and seduction as the purpose.\nThe backless blouse of the Kutch region is so so stunning and appealing that in my college days \u00a0all us city girls\u00a0 coveted it but none of us had the guts / the permissions to wear these as they were considered to be revealing by our elders.\nBut what we in the city perceived as \u2018sexy\u2019 might not imply that to the original wearers.\nFor, every culture has its own rules of what counts as seduction and readings of outsiders do not count at all.\nFor example through the book \u2018Memoirs of a Geisha\u2019 \u00a0I learned that for the Japanese, it is the view of the nape of the neck that is most alluring!\u00a0 Naturally as a complete outsider, I was surprised!\nSo maybe this view of the back in the Kutch culture might be equivalent to the view of the waist in the case of a sari-clad woman. \u2018What\u2019s the big deal\u2019 is the question that would be asked by native wearers.\nBut surely outsiders might be raising eyebrows at these \u2013 depending on the vantage point. Consider the reaction of a woman from Saudi to both the sari & the backless blouse. She would definitely be alarmed. Actually I don\u2019t even need to travel that far for a different vantage point: I remember when my daughter was in her tweens and was being coached in \u201cmodest dressing\u201c, she, having grown up in a mixed culture that was not full of sari-clad women, turned around and\u00a0 questioned me for showing \u2018skin\u2019 in a sari!!\nParadigms make ALL the difference and they should never be ignored!\nSo maybe this style was not meant as an allurement device (for the husband) after all.\nOn the other hand, just as the purpose of the tinkling of the bells of payals and clinking of glass bangles (as well as all the elements of the \u201csolah singaar\u201d) is to distract and entice the husband, maybe this too had that as the purpose.\nWill need to investigate with those who might have the sensitivity to such subtle traditional issues and have not been blinded by common homogeneous mass logic.\n***\nWell here is the blouse that triggered all this thinking:\n\n\n\nAnd the backless back that leaves the back mostly bare.\nThis style is the daily-wear style although the fabulous embroidery indicates that this is a wedding costume.\nThe ludhi veil that hangs from the head all the way to the ankle sort-of covers the \u00a0back \u2026\nThe combination of this \u00a0blouse, the veil, the physical personalities of the women, their tattoos, their jewelry and the self-confidence is truly majestic!\n***\nHere is the blockbuster Bollywood song by A.R. Rahman that brought out the ravishing character of this costume: (yes \u2013 they did shoot this song atop a moving train!)\n\nSome of\u00a0 these textiles may be seen here.\njm\nFeb 2016\nThe post Adornments to Entice appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.