A Soul Train How-To


October 25, 2014

Get With It 

And Lose Yourself To Dance 

-Artwork via the super talented Ruby Taylor

Bharti Kher


September 14, 2012

Bindis as codes, symbols and rituals by Bharti Kher

Highly regarded for her sculptural works, Bharti Kher produces paintings and installations that challenge cultural and social taboos in India. Her art is mostly composed of multi-layered and multi-coloured bindis – numerous circles of coloured felt*. A recurring motif in her work, Kher gives form to the slightly strange and slightly awkward encounters with the daily rituals of life. She uses found objects, such as mirrors or furniture to bring to attention the overlooked world with its everyday acts – such as applying the bindi in Indian culture, confessing as a ritual or looking at oneself in a mirror.

The clusters and patterns of multi-coloured, mass-produced, stick-on bindis in Kher’s work represent both custom, which is often inflexible, and the dynamic ways in which it is produced and consumed today. An arcane symbol of fertility, the contemporary stick-on bindi is a popular cosmetic device available in different shapes and colours and is an integral part of Kher’s oeuvre. Exploiting their cultural and aesthetic dualisms, Kher uses bindis as an epidermal filter to transform objects. As shimmering signs in the form of waves, constellations, and spirals, Kher’s bindis mediate between codes and symbols and the … Read More »

Goldilocks


October 14, 2011

Via Lovestruckcow and Kettlelove in collaboration with Vogue.in

Mm.. Fashion shorts! Let me begin with how much I was NOT impressed with the Pernia Qureshi one being touted as India’s first fashion film. Even with all the talent, money and hot people involved, it just flopped unbearably. It completely lacked focus in terms of storytelling and visually wasn’t very captivating either. 

This one on the other hand, even without a strong storyboard, sucks you in with its whimsical cinematography coupled with a gorgeous-dusky-leggy model in what is best described as ‘narrative’ styling by Tsundue. Pause the video anywhere and its a picture perfect (fashion) postcard. This is Surabhi and Tsundue’s first attempt at a fashion film and I can tell there’s so much more awesomeness where this came from! This is India’s first fashion film. Kudos, you guys! :)

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Meet the Mawi Dozen


August 15, 2011

A triple feature; Mawi + Prarthna Singh + the young, contemporary, independent urban Indian woman

So treat this as a triple feature; Mawi + Prarthna Singh + the young, contemporary, independent urban Indian woman (much like Lesly) whom we are celebrating today. Mawi Kievom churns out more incredible newfangled statement jewellery with each collection and while I have seen it grace many covers and editorials, there is something so ‘in the flesh’ about this potrait series by Prarthna. It has an undeniable real quality to it,  as though it could have just as easily been me in every picture. Solid women, solid jewellery.
On that note – Happy Independence Day, folks! :)

Vintage India via Cecil Beaton


June 29, 2011

Beaton was a great observer and, perhaps unexpectedly, a great describer

GIRLS AT SCHOOL

A GUARD OF NORTH WEST FRONTIER

HEAD TABLE SERVANT OF THE VICEROY

VILLAGE BOYS

ON THE DOCKS

 INDIAN RATING SENDING MESSAGE BY SEMAPHORE

 A TOCHI SCOUT WITH HIS SCOUT

 PRINCIPAL, INDIAN GIRLS SCHOOL

YOUNG INDIA

In 1945, in one of its more inspired moments, the British Ministry of Information dispatched Cecil Beaton; chosen photographer to royalty, darling photographer to the likes of Audrey Hepburn and Greta Garbo and later the world-famous designer of My Fair Lady and Gigi, to the Far East to take pictures of the British Empire and its allies at war. The result was not only a superb collection of photographs but a breathtakingly vivid written portrait of India, Burma, and China at a historic turning-point in their histories. 

Beaton was a great observer and, perhaps unexpectedly, a great describer. In remarkably few words, he can make you see, hear, smell, almost touch the dusty Indian countryside, the shimmering, casual magnificence of a Bombay virtually untouched by war. 
He was an acute observer of people, too. Here are scans of some of my favourite images from his body of work that concentrate more on Vintage Indian Fashion. The diversity of our traditional attire observed by Beaton across the … Read More »

Leather King


April 24, 2011

Mitch Alfus is the director of Libra Leather, a high-end leather supplier to the likes of Philip Lim and Rick Owens, fondly known as the Leather King. While the first parts of the video with his adorable lil daughter warms the cockles of my heart, watching him at work with his ‘skins’, ‘constructively criticizing’ his staff and ‘sexually harassing’ Sam ‘the model’.. gives me this unnatural, almost sadomasochist urge to go work for him. Do you feel it too? Maybe it’s his passion for the raw and natural, maybe it’s his sincerity and sensitivity to life.. Howsoever it maybe, I know I am smitten.PS. This is a video via The Selby. Short films seem to be his new pet project and I’m lovin’ it! :) Also a must watch for insights into the leather process.

Varun Sardana Spring/Summer 2010


April 13, 2011

If there is one thing I want to spend the rest of my life doing, its making these charming lil’ indie fashion films for young and talented gen-next designers whose visions I share. Here is Varun Sardana’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection in a film by Tenzing Dakpa. Found via LoveStruckCow.

Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing. Where have all the flowers gone? Long time ago.Where have all the flowers gone? Young girls picked them, ev’ry one. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young girls gone? Long time passing. Where have all the young girls gone? Long time ago.Where have all the young girls gone? They are all in uniform When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?

Where have all the young men gone? Long time passing. Where have all the young men gone? Long time ago.Where have all the young men gone? Gone to soldiers ev’ry one. When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?

Where have all the soldiers gone? Long time passing. Where have all the soldiers gone? Long time ago.Where have all the soldiers gone? Gone to graveyards, ev’ry one. When will they ever learn? When … Read More »

Dreams and Dream Catchers


March 22, 2011

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Weekend Inspiration: Street Side


March 13, 2011

Photography: Manoj Jadhav Credits: Little Shilpa

Will You Wear Pants?


March 6, 2011

We’ve all seen Shraddha Borawake fabulous photography before on my fav blog – Prutha’s Don’t Shoe Me. Today I stumbled upon this compilation of images of women in construction. Shraddha is in a conversation with them about wearing pants. I mean, I can barely hobble over to my couch and watch tv in one when I do don a saree (on rare special occasions) but to do dangerous manual labour in one and so gracefully? ::applause::Remember FCUK’s You Are Woman campaign I blogged about? This video seems to be the perfect anti-anti-You Are Woman? campaign. Yes, double negative. Its how I can explain it best. Go figure.Oh and Happy Women’s Day! :)