On the left, a sari. On the right, a lehenga. Although lehengas don’t appear in the book, they were worn during the time Rani Lakshmi was queen.
A vanki, or arm bracelet, decorated with rubies. Behind it, the sort of bangles that are common throughout India.
A yellow sari. Saris make appearances throughout the novel, given how common they were and still are today throughout India.
A necklace and earrings made of gold, rubies, and emeralds
Indian cloth is exquisite, with elaborate beadwork on bold, bright colors.
Brass plates and banana leaves.
A sarpech (or kulgi), meant to look like a peacock feather and worn on men’s turbans
Here, my husband is wearing traditional Indian dress and I am in a lehenga for our wedding. Elaborate dress like this would have been a familiar sight in Rani Lakshmi’s court.
Inside the Rani’s Durbar Hall
One of the fields where Rani Lakshmi’s female guards would have practiced
Overlooking the city from the ramparts of Jhansi
Overlooking the Panch Mahal. Time and war has destroyed its former glory, but once it was a beautiful palace
One of the cannons used to defend Jhansi during the British invasion