on Vogue India

May 19, 2022

Full interview here.

In photo: Mannat Kaur, photographed in Mcleod Ganj, Dharamshala.

Diversity of Indian Faces

April 22, 2022

who gets to talk about cultural identity | an excerpt from Supriya Lele S/S 21 Panel Discussion

March 13, 2022
Dal Chodha, Diva Gujral & co. discussing Supriya Lele SS 21 on Show Studio // full video here.

Diversity of Indian Faces

January 18, 2022

Ajay & Kishanchand | Himachal Pradesh

May 30, 2021

Sheep herders in Himachal Pradesh, photographed near Snow Line in Dauladhar mountains.

karma | mcleodganj

May 14, 2021

Karma, plant specialist. Photographed in Mcleodganj, Dharamshala.

asongla | kohima

April 16, 2021

Loves coffee, gardening, BTS, and GOT7.

anaka in chennai for Vogue India

April 14, 2021

local ladies in tiruvannamalai

April 8, 2021

school girls | tamil nadu

April 3, 2021

Meher Varma | delhi fashion week

March 30, 2021

meher verma
Meher Varma. Anthropologist/Fashion writer.

What do you do and where did you grow up?
I’m a graduate student and an anthropologist in the making. I grew up in lots of different places — Dhaka, Hong Kong, Beijing, LA, NY, Kodai, DC.

What’s the best thing about constantly moving?
It opens your mind. You are constantly re-introduced to new people and you have to reinvent yourself all the time. Things are temporary, there is a sense of influx, it prepares you for the world.

I am going to ask you a question that I am asked often: What do you think about Indian fashion?
When someone asks me this question I always ask them what do they mean by it and I twist it to ‘What do you think about fashion in India?’ Indian fashion as Indian fashion is very restrictive and we should see it as fashion in India.

I think fashion in India is a lens to see what’s happening in the country on a larger level. Without talking about all of the other things like class, modernity, economy, social/political issues we can not talk about fashion in India. When we say where is fashion in India going we are actually asking where India is going.

How did you get interested in writing about fashion?
I sensed a serious lack of analytical writing about clothes, designers, and the industry. I think clothes are never just clothes, they’re always elucidating something else. So with a background in anthropology, which gives me the tools for deep analysis, I thought fashion was a perfect subject to start asking some very tough questions and writing about them.

I’m interested in writing about fashion only as long as it elucidates something else about the world. My phD dissertation in anthropology is an example of this. I’m looking at the cultural industry of New Delhi based fashion designers as a lens to look into large issues like changing ideas of gender and class.

Do you have a favourite film?
I have watched Almost Famous 86 times. I liked the theme — crisis of fame, and the soundtrack.

Photographed at fashion week in Delhi. 2013

street style Ima Keithel | Imphal

March 17, 2021

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after-party | delhi fashion week

March 12, 2021

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sikkim countryside

March 11, 2021

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troyee & rodali | ELLE India

February 27, 2021

street style delhiphoto outtake of Troyee & Rodali from Assam for ‘Soul Sisters’ published in ELLE India about women from the north-east India / photographed in Delhi

girls at a wedding | Himachal Pradesh

February 27, 2021

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girls eating ice-cream | Auroville

February 26, 2021

street style indiaGirls eating ice-cream at a fair in Auroville / Kuilapalayam during Pongal celebrations.

Preeti Dhata | delhi fashion week

February 25, 2021

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woman carrying balloons | ladakh

February 22, 2021

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Kuvelu & Mercy | delhi fashion week

February 21, 2021

street style indiaKuvelu & Mercy(Tetseo Sisters) from Kohima, Nagaland at fashion week in Delhi.

sirawon | Shillong

February 21, 2021
street style shillong street style shillongI am 3/4 Naga (Half Ao, Quarter Tangkhul) and Quarter Khasi. I grew up in Shillong till 6th grade then moved to Woodstock in Mussoorie.

Things I love about Shillong are the tartan shawls and aprons, cherry blossoms, and my grandma’s house.

— Sirawon, photographed in Laitumkhrah, Shillong in 2014.

women at the chennai railways

February 20, 2021

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keds | kohima

February 18, 2021

chakhesang nagaKeds Krome, fashion designer in Kohima, Nagaland

woman selling veggies | dimapur

February 18, 2021

street style nagalandWoman selling vegetables at the Supermarket in Dimapur, Nagaland

woman in dharamkot | himachal pradesh

February 17, 2021

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ladakh countryside

February 17, 2021

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man drinking tea | Jodhpur

February 16, 2021

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Loesel on Losar | dharamshala

February 16, 2021

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Lily Tekseng for ELLE India

February 15, 2021
street style delhi ELLE IndiaHow would you describe your style?
Feminine, preferably clean silhouettes, with elements of firmness. I like making an effort in putting an outfit together but also enjoy projecting seriousness and strength.
Are you inspired by anybody from popular culture?
I like the women in Fellini films. They brim with timeless elegance, drama, and sheer breadth of character. Utter treat to watch. I’d also have to add women in Bunuel films (ironically) and the wonderful Diane Keaton to the list.

— Lily Tekseng, MPhil scholar from Yingkiong, Arunachal Pradesh / photographed in Delhi for ELLE India, Soul Sisters

Young tailors | bombay

February 15, 2021

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