How we dress is a representation of our culture itself! And What we wear and what is available in the market is again directly influenced by the cultural aesthetics of that particular area. I love fusing Indian aesthetics with that of Western elements. I like the fact that the Indian markets are now opening up to Global Craftsmen and therefore we have access to their products at a local flea market like the Anjuna Night Market in Goa.
During one Such numerous visits to Goa’s – Anjuna Flea Market, I found this shop by a Mexican Crafts-woman who made Bolero jackets from Indian Banaras Silk and Chanderi Silk which was amazing from an art and fashion perspective. The silhouette was very western but the textile was very Indian and this was something me and my sis-in-law wanted to own.
I also asked my sister-in-law to pose as she is trained in the traditional Indian Dance form – Bharathanrithya (Yep.. and not Bharathanatya which is slightly different). I have given attention to a lot of details here, be it the poses which are stances from Bharatanrithya to the nose ring these dancers wear and the style of draping of the saree which is essentially the Kacche/Dhothi saari worn by the traditional women in Tamil Nadu from the Brahmin families.
Saree and Blouse:
I picked up this Light Orange Crepe Silk saree of 9 yards, which while shooting gave us this Neon effect. The saree draped here is in the Madisar Style essentially worn by the Iyengar and Iyer Brahmin women from Tamil Nadu. (More about saree drapes here). The Saree Blouse’s silhouette is exactly the same as the Mexican Bolero Jacket which was altered to fit exactly like a saree blouse, the pallu was tucked into the jacket’s shoulder flap to give it that western feel.
Accessories: A fusion of Indo-Western again.
Traditional Nose rings worn by dancers fused with the ear cuffs. The dull gold belt to define the waist to which I added this tribal looking necklace with Neon Details. The Belt is in reference to one of the adornments known as the ‘Patti’ worn around the waist that you see on Shila Balikas on various Stupas/ walls in different temples in India.
Shoes that I chose were the Pencil heeled Moccasins with Golden toe and punk details.
Makeup: I wanted the eyes accentuated like how dancers usually do, but with an add-on of the smokey effect in Grey. The lips were painted with light stroke of Red.
Photo Credits: Raj Rj Photography
Crepe Saree: Garden Vareli
Bolero Jacket – Saree Blouse – Anjuna Flea Market, Goa
Accessories: Ear Cuff, Dull gold Belt and Tribal Necklace from Styletag
Shoes: Street Market, Singapore
Lips: Lakme Absolute Matte in Classic Red colour
Eye Makeup: Urban Decay Palette – Naked 3
Well thats me trying my hand at mixing different art forms and cultural aesthetics to bring out the essence of it all in this post. What do you think ? Do leave me your comments.