[INDOLOGY] A few Indian clothing items

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at gmail.com
Sun Aug 22 13:24:58 UTC 2021

is defined as a knot in front:

1) नीविः, नीवी
nīvī (p. 936 <https://dsal.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/app/apte_query.py?page=936>)

*नीविः* *nīviḥ*, *नीवी* *nīvī* *f.* [निव्ययति निवीयते वा निव्ये-इन्; cf.
Uṇ.4, 135] *1* A cloth worn round a woman's waist, or more properly the
ends of the cloth tied into a knot in front, the knot of the wearing
garment; प्रस्थानभिन्नां न बबन्ध नीविम् R.7.9; नीविबन्धोच्छ्वसनम् Mā.l.2.5;
Ku.1.38; नीविं प्रति प्रणिहिते तु करे प्रियेण K. P.4; Me.70; Śi.10.64. *-2* The
outer tie of a packet in which the offerings of a Sūdra at funeral
obsequies are presented. *-3* Capital, principal, stock; नीवीमवलिखतः
द्विगुणः (दण्डः) Kau. A 2.7; शेषमायव्ययौ नीवी च Kau A.2.6. *-4* A stake,
wager. *-5* Prison; नीवी स्याद्बन्धनागारे धने स्त्रीवस्त्रबन्धने Nm.

On Sun, Aug 22, 2021 at 6:41 PM Tieken, H.J.H. via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Apparently, in the Subhāṣitaratnakośa edited and translated by Ingalls the
> word nīvi* occurs *only once, namely in 696. But you might also have a
> look at the note added to this translation on p. 516. There, Ingalls refers
> to Kauṭilya's Arthaśāstra, unfortunately to an edition (the one from
> Trivandrum) of this text I do not have.
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> *Van:* INDOLOGY <indology-bounces at list.indology.info> namens Gaia
> Pintucci via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info>
> *Verzonden:* zondag 22 augustus 2021 14:37:01
> *Aan:* Indology
> *Onderwerp:* [INDOLOGY] A few Indian clothing items
> Dear list members,
> I have a few questions about (ancient/medieval) Indian clothing items.
> My starting point is Amaruśataka 100:
> kānte talpam upāgate vigalitā nīvī svayaṃ bandhanād
> vāso viślathamekhalāguṇadhṛtaṃ kiṃcinnitambe sthitam |
> etāvat sakhi vedmi sampratam ahaṃ tasyāṅgasaṅge punaḥ
> ko 'yaṃ kāsmi rataṃ nu vā katham iti svalpāpi me na smṛtiḥ ||
> Once the nāyikā's nīvī falls off by itself, her dress (vāsas) hangs a
> little bit from the “threads” of her mekhalā. So there are (at least) three
> layers, which, from the innermost to the outermost, are: 1) mekhalā 2)
> dress 3) nīvī.
> A mekhalā should be a belt made of metal, so I guess it has some wires or
> thin chains (the guṇas of the stanza) that hang and that might be decorated
> with pearls and the like. This explains how it is that in the stanza the
> dress is said to hang from the mekhalā: it gets caught on the wires/chains
> and the decorative items.
> But the nīvī is the item I am especially curious about. It is defined in
> Amarakoṣa 3.3.213 (I follow Oka's 1913 edition with Kṣīrasvāmin's
> commentary, p. 217) in this way: strīkaṭīvastrabandhe 'pi nīvī [paripaṇe
> 'pi ca]. An Amaruśataka commentator called Caturbhuja glosses nīvī as
> vastragranthiḥ. A different commentator, Sūryadāsa, explains the sentence
> nīvī svayaṃ bandhanād vigalitā with the words nitambasicaye bandhanāt
> saṃniveśād granthiḥ visrastaḥ. It seems to me that a nīvī should be both a
> sash that steadies the clothes on the hips and the knot of the sash.
> Now, my questions/requests are:
> 0) Please, kindly let me know if I am on the wrong track with regard to
> the mekhalā and the nīvī.
> 1) In one manuscript of Sūryadāsa's commentary the word nīvī is followed
> by the word dhudhurikā, which might well be a gloss. The scribe was active
> in Bundi (Rajasthan), is dhudhurikā a Rajasthani word?
> 2) Can anyone show me a painting or other kind of image of a lady wearing
> a nīvī?
> 3) Does anyone know roughly when and where the kind of clothing I
> described above was in use?
> 4) As far as I know, in present-day India nivi is the name of one of the
> sari binding styles. Is this word related to the Sanskrit word nīvī?
> Sorry for the long brainstorming and the many questions.
> All the best,
> Gaia Pintucci
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Nagaraj Paturi

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