My sariwalli Melinda is here visiting. I spent some satisfying time last evening pawing through her stash of saris. She specializes in regional handlooms, particularly cotton, and has wonderful taste (you can see her wares at http://sarishop.com). Since she’s captive in my house I also got her to identify some of the older saris I’ve gotten on eBay and elsewhere.
Turns out I have two lovely gold Chanderi saris from the 1950′s (this one is my favorite):
and she identified another of my favorites as a silk Dhaka sari from Bangladesh (or East Pakistan depending on its age):
The last thing I need is yet another sari, but I may not be able to resist one of her baby-soft Kanchi cottons.