Jewelry: Janpath and personal collection
Location: Ugrasen ki Bauli, CP, Delhi
Ever since I moved to the United States 4 years ago, I have been living my life in an ironical situation. Irony being the love I always had for my beloved culture, fashion and beliefs yet being unable to follow/wear it so often. For people who know me personally, have seen me expressing it in real life but portraying it in my words on my very own blog was something long overdue.
I try to work on themes & my invariably evolving thoughts about life, beliefs and habits in such a way that more & more of you could relate and take inspiration. Inspiration from the life i live and real-life experiences that has helped me transform into the person i am today!
When i started blogging, little did i know of the things I would learn in this process of expressing myself out there and the changes it will bring into my less ordinary life. Most of the times I have shared crucial topics about personal growth, real-life observations and fashion related topics to inspire people around me. Very recently, specially since i have been in India from last few months, I came across to some very interesting yet disturbing topics about our very own fashion industry, and found some super inspiring social media & real life influencers & designers who are trying to bring a change through micro-alternatives for adopting sustainable practices in fashion.
While fashion is very subjective and means different things to different people, this blog has been a great help in making me realize the need to give a thought about my fashion choices to a more conscious one, the endorsements i am part of and has particularly helped me bring back my lost love for culture inspired fashion & choices that was long overdue and was lost in amidst of fast fashion.
Once i discovered the consequences of fast fashion, not only in consumer’s life but its ecological effects on our environment, I realized sustainable ethical fashion is the only way out. Ever since that day, i have been trying to involve myself in taking better decisions and ethical choices as a way of living life. Since some of you might be very confused with terms such as “fast fashion”, “ethical”, or “sustainable”, this topic in general is too broad to cover it all at once, perhaps its more than just a topic, its a revolution! Look for a more detailed post on the blog to understand these topics and how you can be part of it as well.
Made in India: Culture & choicesWith modernization taking over our very own cultural heritage, there’s an impulsive air surrounding most of us in this race of being fashion forward. There are few around me with wide eyes filled with questions to as why I don’t follow trends or be a part of what they define as being “modern“.
In this chase of life filled with worldly desires & peer pressure, I as a human being, a woman and most importantly an Indian, want to literally stop and slow down right away. I have always felt that i have been born in the wrong generation for the same reason that people are overlooking our culture & heritage, being a victim of fast fashion. I on the other hand, feel that there’s nothing more rewarding and joyful that fills my heart with happiness than wearing my culture on me and enjoying the rich heritage & plethora of colorful handlooms, weaves and handicrafts.
Resplendent, intricate, and varied, India’s textile tradition is a kaleidoscope of colors and cultures.
With globalization taking over our choices & desires, the urge of becoming a westerner is increasing at a super fast speed and so does the need to follow new trends, consuming & buying more than we need. Whereas the culture that speaks the language of handcrafted fashion has an abundance of things to offer ranging from a variety of fabrics and silhouettes, handlooms, jewelry and so on.
When it comes to defining “modern” Indian women, it certainly does not mean to ape the west blindly. A modern Indian woman is well aware of global fashion trends and has access to the best of high street fashion through international labels that have made inroads into India. Her wardrobe receives a regular update with modern Indian dresses that seamlessly merge Indian style and modern trends, making her a champion of both design sensibilities. Her wardrobe is a melange of vibrant colors and Indian craftsmanship.
What i am trying to say?
While adopting certain aspects of the western world is more of a need, and in some cases the desire to be a part of it, the emphasis of this topic remains on the fact that does adopting western culture changes our identity and lifestyle? And ignoring all the innumerable thing our culture offers us?
Walking down the street at my residence in the west, there are eyes staring at me with utter curiosity and respect, capturing the flowy silhouettes of the fabric and the big round bindi between my eyebrows through their eyes. Inhaling the good vibes surrounding me and the respect showered for our culture in the west, certainly fills my heart with joy. I have found myself guilty for not being able to follow my heart at times, being a victim of fast fashion.
This post is the first step of taking my decisions in my hand and amending my fashion choices according to what feels ethical and gives inner joy.
I have curated a series #MadeinIndia as apart of doing a little something, capturing the heritage & beauty of the city in the form of its lost & less loved monuments and promoting Indian handloom industry & wearable culture.
Our crafts are lived crafts, and as we begin to re-appreciate this and include them in our daily lives, it will be good for all – for the craftspeople who can have better livelihoods, and also for us, we will be able to fashion our future aesthetics from a place of rootedness.”
Small emerging Designers these days, have come up with new ways to amalgamate traditional & cultural aspects of Indian handloom with contemporary designs, introducing us with modern silhouettes & cuts in handwoven traditional fabrics. “People are re-imagining their Indian-ness to include our textile heritage” says Parmesh Shanahi, Head of Godrej India Culture Lab.
Stay tuned for the upcoming posts of the series #MadeinIndia initiative. Here i have styled a handwoven cotton drape dress, a contemporary silhouette amalgamated with traditional tribal jewelry with unique cutwork & intricate details. What’s unique about this look is the thought put behind it, curating a look that redefines our wearable culture with today’s modern desires.
Hope you liked the post. Thanks for stopping by and showing your support. Stay tuned for more such inspiration if you are someone who feels strongly about our culture & beliefs.
Styling & concept: Tanvi Mutneja (@theurbanboho)
Photography: Ayush Aggarwal (Furtographer)