I\u2019ve seen a dozen or so amazing \u00a0antique zari \u00a0saris but none has been as unusual as this one seen in the museum of Sawantwadi,\nThis shalu \u2013 a zari woven wedding sari that is 9 yards long \u2013 is from the trousseasu of the erstwhile (and last) queen of Sawantwadi.\nAs in all saris, it is the end that hangs from the shoulder that receives the most attention \u2013 from the maker, the wearer and the beholder.\nThis pallu is completely filled with a geometric motifs woven in thread with precious metal content\u00a0 or\u00a0 \u201creal\u201d zari.\nBut the \u2018never-have-I-ever-seen\u201d feature here is the overlay of paintings on the zari.\nThere are 5 superbly handpainted portraits that are so good they look like prints!\n\nHow this was done\u2026 which artist did this \u2013 whose idea was it \u2026. all these facts are lost in time. But the stunning product of their creativity remains!\nA few photos taken with a phone camera under poor lighting conditions (as is the case in all textile exhibits all over the world)\u2026. but am grateful they allowed photography!\n\n\n\n\u00a0\n\n\nThis unknown museum has only a handful of old items \u2013 and the premises are not fancily maintained.\nBut it has this ONE treasure, and that makes it a terrific museum in my opinion.\nThe building, the lighting, the curators, the rest of the taam-jhaam (as we say in Hindi) are all good to have \u2013 but in the end it is the object that makes the museum!\nThis will probably be my last exciting textile seen in 2017!\nSeen in a small town Sawantwadi just outside Goa!\n\nDec 2017\nMuseum walk presented by\njaina mishra | wovensouls\nView more Exquisite Antique Textiles and more on \n\n-\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014\u2014-\nA note from one of the readers who happened to be the conservator of this sari!!!\n(how lucky we are to receive the gift of this connection!)\n\u201cThank you Jaina Mishra, ANTIQUE INDIAN TEXTILES for sharing display information of this Saree. It reminded me how difficult it was working on this magnificent work of art in 2010, recreating images using conservation stitches took three months of hard work. It was featured in economic times as well in 2011. Rajamata Shubhangini Raje Gaekwad of Vadodara had taken an initiative to conserve this saree.\nhttps://www.pressreader.com/india/the-economic-times/20110306/281681136380335\n#textileheritageconservation #textilepreservation\n\u00a0\nThe post The Bridal Sari of the erstwhile Queen of Sawantwadi 1922 appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.