The Tamil Historical Post

Vintage cover pages of Tamil historic novels

Vintage Indian Clothing

t5The illustrations for Tamil periodicals have a long history and some illustrators are nearly as well known as the writers. A number of serialised stories are historical romances (think Chola empirePallavas) and the drawings are fairly vivid in recreating an era, albeit in a stylised, romanticised form [e,g, XX].

In this illustration an elegant three piece costume, loads of jewellery including the vanki or arm band and the chandra-surya for the hair.  And the side knot which is a characteristic Tamilian hair arrangement (though I am not sure which particular era it belongs to).

Covers of a few Tamil historical novels. Kalki was the forerunner of the genre, pic 1 is of his novel Parthiban Kanavu. Pic 4 is a novel set in the reign of the Cholas by Sujatha. Pics 2 and 3 are covers of books by the…

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