A sentimental piece in the Paritosh Collection as it was purchased in 1999 while on a most delightful afternoon in Jamnagar shopping with Niruben Kotecha. A month later Mrs. Kotecha died from complications from a bone marrow depression. This sari thus always brings back memories of a wonderful person and the afternoon we spent together.
The gharcholu is the first sari the bride receives from her inlaws and is worn at certain ceremonial times throughout her life. If she precedes her husband in death tradtionally it was her funeral shroud. Cotton
The Paritosh Collection has two seemingly identical Paithani saris yet one weighs 1.59 pounds and the other 1.11 pounds. This reflects the weight of the metal threads used in each. Paithani saris are noted for their tapestry weaving.
In 1966 on my first trip to India Mrs. Urrmila Mahendra Parekh one morning had a showing of some her saris since she had heard I had an interest in textiles. Stunning sari after stunning sari was shown to me and this wonderful morning might be considered one of several textile-related experiences that sparked my sustained interest in the textile...