Princess Rafat Zamani Begum - or Bari (senior) Begum Sahiba of Rampur, formerly of the Najiabad family. Photographed by Kinsey Studios of Delhi in 1960. Courtesy MAP/Tasveer

An intimate look at India's royal women

Princess Rafat Zamani Begum - or Bari (senior) Begum Sahiba of Rampur, formerly of the Najiabad family. Photographed by Kinsey Studios of Delhi in 1960. Courtesy MAP/Tasveer

Iconic Style: Rajmata Gayatri Devi

Iconic Style: Rajmata Gayatri Devi

Gayatri Devi − often styled as Maharani Gayatri Devi, Rajmata of Jaipur. Born as Princess Gayatri Devi of Cooch Behar. She was the third Maharani of Jaipur from 1939 to 1970 through her marriage to HH Maharaja Sawai Man Singh

The saree was first worn during the glorious Indus Valley Civilization. A 2800BC statue of a female priest depicts her in a saree. The name “saree” originated from the Sanskrit word ‘sattika’ and finds considerable mention in the Buddhist and Jain Scriptures. Interestingly, it was believed that inserting a needle into a piece of cloth made it impure and the saree was the ideal solution.

The saree was first worn during the glorious Indus Valley Civilization. A 2800BC statue of a female priest depicts her in a saree. The name “saree” originated from the Sanskrit word ‘sattika’ and finds considerable mention in the Buddhist and Jain Scriptures. Interestingly, it was believed that inserting a needle into a piece of cloth made it impure and the saree was the ideal solution.

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