When there is a twining effect with trends and traditions

Sometimes trends have overlapping effects. Just like when all those tunics with slits and maxis with high slits came into style and they were everywhere! nowadays the trend is to stick one leg out. Special thanks to Ciara who popularized it with her red carpet outfits and long legs. Well, right now I’m just a petite stout chic trying to adapt an international trend with a somewhat ethnic short kurta. Personally, I feel the style adaptation is a fail but the outfit for me is a pure comfort zone¬†ūüėć cotton tunic oversized shawl with¬†sneakers¬†and boyfriend jeans

Btw¬†is that a union jack around¬†my neck? I’d like to say no though the print is a grunge version of the flag. remember that time when the MOD culture adaptations were everywhere! yeah I just picked this one up because¬†it was soft and no matter how you wear it, you probably will never see the flag

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Photography by Susheel Sanketh Rai | Styling by Nita Dsouza

Cotton blue tunic/ kurta : Fabindia | BF Jeans and clutch: Forever 21 |  shoes: Koovs | sunglasses : Flipkart (shop here)

twining effect = budget savers

With love.

Nita

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I’m not under any obligation to wear a kurta for the way in which I was raised by my parents. I grew up wearing some very pretty dresses. But it wasn’t until college I started to wear Kurtas, only because it was the dress code! P.s. the dupatta was always rolled and thrown into my bag. Special occasions always qualified for an excuse to wear a saree, especially¬†weddings. I was facinated because my mom has thousands of them in her wardrobe. Still I never really wanted to wear the kurtha. I always had those few in the drakest corner of my closet but I never really cared.

I’m amused though urban Indians¬†don’t find kurta appropriate attire outside of culture or traditional gatherings. Lets take a few minitues and admire those arab women in thier long tunics. If you think they are beutiful then the Indian kurtha is not much diffrent. I the age of travel to explore the world, We have spent too much time in awe of foreign cultures. We forget that no matter where we go or what we achive in the world we live in, we will always be tagged as Indian by one or another person.

Indian or not, I find long kurta’s a very good type of power dressing. It exaggerates your body length and has just the right amount of poise to retain the feminine characteristics of the outfit. A definite thumbs up to the outfit  for all you corporate office going women. Also for those who think it won’t suit you body type, I was an XS and now I fit mostly into M’s because I’ve grown fat and host a small paunch, yet this long kurta covers up all that. I choose to wear it with the salwar pant because in between the leggings, patiala and the new found palazzo somewhere we have forgotten the salwar.

Also let’s face it tunics with side slit is a trend. So whats the big deal? a good fitted kurta can have the same effect. I will show you an example In one of my later posts.

I also belive the freedom fighters also rallied against the british and chased them out of our counrty to preseve our culture and traditions. It’s one thing to ban bad cultural practices and another to exploit the good produce of our traditions. So let’s choose to be Indian when we can. If you choose to agree/disagree leave a comment below, I’m always intrested in alternate perspectives.

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Photography by Susheel Sanketh Rai | Styling by Nita Dsouza

Kurta: Aurelia (shop here) | Salwar: Tailored | sandals: Forever 21 | Necklace: Handicrafts exhibits cum sale | Earrings: Well there is this woman I‚Äôve seen at almost all flea markets. If u are a bangalorean you’ve probably seen her too | Ring : Well let’s just say those are earrings, and because i was confused I accidently looped it on my fingers.

Always Indian,

Nita Dsouza

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At the time I joined Pre-university college, it had become a trend for colleges to make Indian ethnic wear the dress code. Student’s wore kurta’s and teachers wore saree’s. But of course, I do not approve of this dress code and never have because it’s is gender biased. The boys still wear shirts and trousers, why can’t all of us just wear kurta’s to college. We are all still Indian, right?  All in all, I didn’t like the dress code all the more because back then it was impossible to acquire XS sizes for  petite girls. Everything in the market was always too loose and tailors were a lot of effort and time.

Really wish I had the branded options that are available now back then. So many reasonably priced kurta’s in the market, god knows I would have been better dressed and a lot cooler than the cool kids. The only sad thing about all the branded kurta’s in the market is the are in the majority of 3/4th sleeves. Sometimes I tell myself that the selection of kurta’s in my wardrobe would be better if the sleeves didn’t cover the elbow.

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My verdict: I still love kurta’s for summer, and pairing the palazzo with them brings the breezy feeling to cool off the season. The one thing I really miss about the college attire are the pointlessly large earrings some of us used to wear. even I had two of my own, although i was never much of a mainstream kinda kid.

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Kurta: aurelia (shop here) | Palazzo: Safina Plaza, Bangalore| Shoes: Blak| Bag and bangle : Brigade road, Bangalore| Earings: Jiva, picked it up at the United charities bazaar that happens every Christmas.

 

Visiting grandpa’s house was a nightmare daylight! Growing up in the city in small spaces was very different from my grandpa’s house. It is a house in the middle of ¬†farmlands, where house pets were two monstrous dogs always too eager to pounce on visitors and notorious cats who would never come near you. As a small kid, I was petrified! Always smaller and more timider than the creatures around me. Even the insects in the village home seemed larger than life! and mom always wondered why I cried every time we visited my grandparents.
However over time, some things change. Like I outgrew the dogs in size. although, the dogs that were brought home in the years to come were much smaller. I ran faster and caught the cat, although they were more than happy to swoop their soft paws and spring the razor sharp claws at me. and I could even visit the cows in the shed unsupervised (it’s always too dark in there) A true sense of admiration and understanding for the creatures around me sets in with time and age.

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Pigeons don’t like marron!

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At my first job, I had to park my beautiful marron 800 in the open parking space next to the building wall where the pigeons nested. It was annoying how often they found a way to consistently dishevel only my car! C’mon, there were atleast eight other cars to shit on. Apparently they liked to shit only on the maroon cars. But no! I didn’t dress up in the maroon block print dhoti pants to test my theory, however, I did notice the pigeons would run away at the sight of me. Is it in my head? I highly doubt that! Pigeons are strangely¬†hungry creatures. When they are eating they don’t care so much anyone’s invasion of privacy into their space.

Cubbon park has always been a strange place to me. Major part of all my school summers has been in and out of the Bal bavan. Yet the park was like a real life Narnia to my tiny mind, the grandfather trees with the gigantor government buildings. I still don’t think I’ve truly seen even half the park. Until this day out at the park, I didn’t even know there was a designated space for the band of the parks own pigeons.

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Top: FABELS by fabindia| Dhoti pant & juthis: fabindia| Jewellery: Brigade road

I never really liked Jhumkas, I always found them an over glorified part of the Indian ethnic wear. As a¬†typical nonconformist adolescent, It gave me an extra reason to reject the Jhumkas. However working with Fabindia and dealing with the customers and employees changed my perspective on what really is conformism. One of the rules of conformism in Indian ethnic wear is Jhumkas can not be worn with western outfits. I would ignore it when a customer would say it to me with a smile on my face, but few weeks ago I had one of my own family members saying it to me ūüėČ Oh my, it felt like a lightning strike my face! So I just decided to break that myth.¬†

IMG_1096 with focal colour boostIMG_1225 new colour boostIMG_1243 new bannerSo why did a nonconformist¬†adult decide to buy a pair of shiny brass polished pearl ending Jhumkas? I’m not sure, Maybe because I’m still an impulsive buyer and the Jhumkas were love at first sight.

Hope you like it.

 

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Photography by wanderlust artist | styling and editing by Nita Dsouza

My Verdict: The Jhumkas are just like any other statement earrings. Does it matter if I’ve worn them with a shirt? not really. The pants were a part of the trend called the paper bag waists (ref link) Love the trend but I guess I needed a size bigger cause I’ve grown fat as of now!

Shirt: Forever 21

Pant: Lara Karen @jabong

Earrings & kolapuris: commercial st.

Clutch: Fabindia

 

What’s the talk about cultural¬†appropriation?

Let’s all stop pretending that this¬†song has anything to do with India. What it truly does represent is Coldplay high on Indian grass. A band that just released a music video with apes dancing has gone from being wholesomely pointless to bad cultural appropriation?¬†So this kind of imagery seems to be ok when Murad¬†Osmann¬†comes to India to take his #followmeto series of photographs? or when¬†Scott Schuman from¬†The Sartorialist¬†decides to post pictures of Varanasi and various other so called weaker sections of our Indian¬†society in the name of photography. Were Indians sleeping?

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Can Indians stop being such hypocrites for a bit. It¬†seems to be OK when we put this kinda imagery into our own films, it seems acceptable, but when Coldplay¬†manages to capture the bright colours of the same imagery we have been selling to the world it seems to be a cultural appropriation for profit by the privileged? do you feel exploited? Is this not how Indians really are? If you are offended maybe you don’t deserve to be Indian.

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Even Sonam Kapoor is excited like a small kid about being featured in the video, A story to tell my grandkids! I was in a video! Woo hoo! , can we too take a few minutes and watch the excitement too.

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We have spent years trying hard to get the world to notice our country’s cultural heritage, so when the world is finally coming to us don’t shut them out with the negative attitude. We have been selling this imagery to the world for years, It’s time to accept #indiastrending

The only thing in the video¬†that doesn’t set in my mind as Indian¬†is Beyonce. Can someone please explain the styling of her outfits? Has she really been to India? although¬†my dad did seem to like her representation as Indian!

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All images are screenshots of the youtube video.

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