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18 May 2012 @ 04:51 pm
south Indian steampunk Engineer piccy  
I am very splat & having thermoregulation issues a-gain, so will be flaky on replying to anything, but rose_lemberg said to post this so here it is XD

drawing of a young, fat, dark-skinned, rather badass South Indian woman wearing a 9-yard sari with a utility belt and holding an adjustable wrench

This picture came about cause I was tired of multiple aspects of visual representation of South Asian characters.
1) They all seem to be skinny
2) They're mostly pale & with generic(Euro) features
3) They all seem to wear sad excuses for saris that are basically Victorian underwear plus a bit of gauze
4) Steampunking them up seems to often involve adding leather while keeping markers that say these are period brahmins wtf

So I drew someone who could be my period cousin :)

She should get a story once I'm doing better. I know some of it, but need to do research.
Also her sari is anachronistic & will have to be made more period once I have done said research.
 
 
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Allison Lonsdalecaprine on May 18th, 2012 04:54 pm (UTC)
How lovely! And I like your pointing out the brahmin/leather thing, which had not previously occurred to me but is now painfully obvious.
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 04:58 pm (UTC)
I whined about that one a few months ago when the impetus-drawing went by, but whining doesn't really do much without a usable alternative. And the belt (ok not as a utility belt) is even traditional! cf:


(painting by Rao Bahadur M V Dhurandhar)
-pd-yarram on May 18th, 2012 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah... upper caste Hindu wearing leather is a steampunk peeve of mine, too. (Though I admit I wouldn't know enough to recognize Brahmin vs. non - Brahmin.)

I would love to see what a period sari would look like!
shweta_narayanshweta_narayan on May 18th, 2012 08:20 pm (UTC)
(Though I admit I wouldn't know enough to recognize Brahmin vs. non - Brahmin.)

Oh, not saying I would! A lot of marginalized groups' everything, including clothing, is horribly erased by the Hindu Nationalist version of colorblindness (We have no castes any more! Stop talking about castes! That's divisive! But we'll complain about Those People anyway.), and on top of that I'm clueless.

I'm just aware that that's something I need to research much much more...

I would love to see what a period sari would look like!
*big dramatic sigh* ME TOOOOOO

The issue is that historical material so often says "people" and means "aristo men", and "women" and means "aristo women" and it's like nobody else existed...? But, artists' renditions. There must be SOMETHING. If I can just find it.