Sultana Shamshi | Brooch | B B Blossoms

Sultana Shamshi | Brooch | B B Blossoms

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BBBlosssoms is short for beautiful bloody blossoms.
The embroidery that I have used in this piece is from an antique sari border from the 19th century, commissioned by wealthy Parsi ladies from Bombay (now Mumbai).
The reason I called them bloody is that this wealth that was acquired by many of the Parsi industrialists of colonial India was in what has been euphemistically called the ‘China Trade’, which was in reality the notorious Opium trade that the British fought the Opium Wars with China for, forcing them to buy Afghan opium in exchange for tea.
This was never spoken about until now, and never acknowledged as the first drug trade by the British.
The enormous wealth enabled high fashion, and great patronage of the crafts, but one has to remember the costs.