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Lachic | delhi

March 30, 2016

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Tell me something about yourself.
I’m from Ladakh. I am obsessed with wearing all white. My favourite film is Ghibli’s Kaguya Hime no monogatari. Stereophonics’ Maybe Tomorrow is my morning song. I am fluent in Japanese. My name means one angel in Ladakhi, it was given to me by my parents, and Rigzin Wangmo was given to me by a head monk. I have a pet rabbit who acts like a pup.

What’s the best thing about Ladakh?
It’s so quiet at night that you can hear the leaves move and the sound of water stream from my room.

Tell me more about the rabbit.
He’s called Tashi. He has a balcony full of plants all to himself. We’ve made toys out of cardboard boxes for him to play with. I’m also getting a tunnel made for him.

You know you can train them and apparently you can also teach them to play hide and seek.

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Hauz Khas Village, Delhi. October 2015.

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Style of the Day – 1 | imphal

January 25, 2016

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Currently listening to: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards by Tame Impala

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2015. Music festival. Andro, Manipur.

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sentilila | Dimapur

December 17, 2015

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Tell me something about yourself.
I’m a science student and just an everyday girl who loves reading, food, and clothes.

Do you have a favorite book and what are you currently reading?
I read mostly bad boy stories from Wattpad. So no favourites really.
Currently reading ‘I sold myself to the devil for Vinyls, Pitiful I know’. It’s not as cliché as it sounds.

Are there any words or phrases that you use the most?
‘Oh my God!’, ‘Like seriously?’ I gasp at almost everything.

What’s the best part about your life in Kohima?
The weather!

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2015. Dimapur, Nagaland.

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Longchenti | fashion week

October 22, 2015

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What do you do and where are you from?
Currently pursuing a bachelors degree in mass communication. I am from Nagaland.

Tell me something about yourself?
I always have a rucksack on standby. I’m leaving for a new place any opportunity I get; I’m on a quest to become a true vagabond.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I remember always wanting to be in a band.

How would you describe your style?
Kind of like a Woodstock attendee. I also like layers.

What are you wearing?
Jeans and sweatshirt from H&M, oversized t-shirt I got stitched, and supra shoes.

Do you have any fashion icons?
Maverick from Top Gun and Jimi Hendrix.

A song you’re currently listening to on repeat.
Tora – Eat The Sun

Favorite book
Invisible Monsters

What phrase do you use the most?
“You get it?” Because I’m always on lookout for validation and reassurance.

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Fashion week, Delhi. October 2015.

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Gursi | fashion week

October 17, 2015

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Tell me something about yourself?  I am Gursi, a designer, perpetually looking out for bigger meanings in life.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? As a kid I always wanted to do and try different things, I realised way too early that the only thing that’s constant is change.

How would you describe your style? My style is mostly monochromatic, simple, and boxy.

What are you wearing? I am wearing a long oversize white shirt with grey melange paneling and a white low crotch pants – all lovebirds.

Do you have any pop culture figures that you look up to? I like the androgyny and madness of Miranda July and Thom Yorke.

How did you get interested in fashion?  I was always interested in design. I have been doing graphics, spaces, and illustrations, and while doing all that I always had an opinion about fashion. But I got more into it after meeting Amrita while she was curating western vintage. Of course traveling and east London inspired us to do more.

What are you currently listening to? Tropic of Cancer – The One Left

Currently reading? Milan Kundera’s Ignorance

A phrase you can’t avoid. It’s all a game!

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Fashion week, Delhi. October 2015.

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A Khasi Family

February 23, 2014

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Sunday Dressing // A Khasi family returning from church. 

Photographed in Laitumkhrah, Shillong in January 2014.

Chang Naga Men

February 20, 2014

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According to oral tradition, the Changs emerged from a place called Changsangmongko, and later settled at Changsang. The word Chang is said to have derived from the word chognu (banyan tree), after a mythical banyan tree that grew at the now-abandoned Changsang. Source

Photographed in December 2012 at the Hornbill Festival

Everyday Kohima

December 15, 2013

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Kuvelu Tetseo, 23. Musician.

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December 11 2012. Today, Keds and I hung out on the streets for about six hours. I wanted to document how the town people dress up on a regular day. We met two models. A designer. A blogger. A teacher. A shopkeeper. And a lot of students. Keds was excited about doing this as she works as a fashion designer and felt it’d be a good thing for her to really stand & pay attention to what people are wearing out in thetown. While waiting, we talked about her work, my blog and how/why such a documentation is interesting and important.” // excerpt from my journal

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Khriesazo Rhakho, 23. Theology student.

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Asang, 28. Social Science teacher.

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Joykap, 19. Class 12 commerce student.

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Atu, 21. 1st year MA Economics student.

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Azi, 14. Class 9 student.

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Lezotuonuo, 20. Student.

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Nikchunaro. 1st year BA student.

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Akum, 25. Shopkeeper.

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Vizo, 19.

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Pauria, 20. 1st year BA student.

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Rebecca, 18. 1st year BA student.

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Sekuzo Sovenyi, 22. Fashion designer.

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Baby Kerhuo, 26. Works at a shipping company in Denmark.

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Vingotso Z Puro, 22. Ex Mr. Nagaland.

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Adwalie, 18. Class 11 student.

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Thejangulie Nakhro, 20. 2nd year BA student.

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Mercy Tetseo, 29. Musician.

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Old Naga couple crossing the street.

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Street side vegetable vendors.

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Church going Naga girls on a Sunday.

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Man wearing Naga(Angami) shawl.

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Photos from Kohima, Nagaland taken in December 2012.

What Do You Wear To Bed? | LFW

September 22, 2013

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Prerna Malhotra, 23. Designer
“I wear my comfo tee n pajamas. I stole the tee from my brother. “

What’s a comfo tee?
Basically my comfo tee is an over sized tee.

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Amit Kekre, 39. Social explorer/Anthropologist.
“Mostly a pair of short cotton shorts. I’ve got a few…printed & plain.”

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Astha Sethi. 25. Designer.
“Printed pyjamas with oversized shirts picked randomly.”

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Nikhil D, 26. Fashion Stylist
“Old tee and PJs or boxers when I’m home in Delhi. Usually I pass out in whatever I’m wearing.”

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Pranav Misra, 28. Designer.
Why are you asking? Is this for your blog?
Yes.
I have cotton & silk fabrics which I’ve cut to a lungi’s length. I like wearing them as drapes, like a lungi.

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Kiran Jaisinghani, 33. Designer.
“Clothes that are three sizes bigger — usually shirts, salwars, or checkered dhotis. I’m really particular about what I pick to wear in the night than anything else.

And you don’t wear any of this in the day?
Never in the day. I am pretty much a truck driver at home.

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Shibani Dandekar. Actor/Model.
“Loose tees or tank tops, and pajamas. I mostly wear men’s shirts that are same length as a really short dress. I have a few.
Legs are always bare for me. My favourite is this vintage black tee shirt that says Wu Tang. Got it long ago from NY somewhere.”

Elton Fernandez, 31. Hair/make up artist.
“Shorter than short boxer shorts and a loose vest. My favourite is this soft cotton young teenage girl shorts for 100 bucks from Hill Road.”

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Sneha Arora. 28. Designer.
“I am almost a man when i go to sleep. I wear a pair of GAP boxers and a man’s tee. When I am working late I just sleep in my denims. I find them the most comfortable.”

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Ragini Ahuja. Designer
“Easy breezy soft big big big tee shirts & shorts or pajamas.
One of my favourites is a big George men’s tee. XXXL. It’s 3 years old. I picked it up at the export house where I worked back in 2010.”

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Krishna Mukhi, 29. Fashion Editor, Harper’s Bazaar India.
“My brother’s oversized tee, it comes till my knees. It’s black and white. And this another tee from FCUK; I wear it inside out cos I don’t like what it says.

What does it say?
I am not gonna tell you.

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Yeeteng Ker Watankhah, 28. Pattern Cutter.
“Is there an easier question?”

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Aparna Badlani, 35. Store owner. 
“Usually a worn out tee and a pair of shorts. Have a bunch of A&F shorts. I probably wear some of my tees to the gym but not outside anywhere. Had a favourite — an Esprit tee — but it was in tatters, so had to throw it away.”

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Himanshu Singh. Theatre actor/model.
“Nothing actually, to be honest. But only when I’m by myself.”

And when someone is around?
A pretentious night suit — pair of broad striped pyjamas and a loose buttoned shirt.

Shruti Bheda, 27.
“Gosh! It’s too personal.
Umm. Boy shorts & tee shirt.
If you use the original answer I’ll kill you.”

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Rixi Bhatia, 32. Designer.
“Pajamas with prints and racerback tees. I buy them from thrift stores or roadside stalls on hill road.”

What kind of prints?
Cows and dogs…or just anything.

Photographed at Lakme Fashion Week in August 2013.

Day One | LFW

September 4, 2013

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Malika Verma. Photographer, writer, stylist. Founder of Border & Fall. Lives in Bangalore. Likes En Inde & experimenting with sari. Wearing Shift.

“My wardrobe largely consists of cropped pants, neutral-coloured oversized tees, long jersey dresses, and saris.” //more

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Ria Kamat. Freelance fashion stylist. In a dress by Goldie London.

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Elton Fernandez. Make up artist. “I’m wearing shirt from Topshop, pants from Zara, earring from Udaipur.

I‘m in a stage where am just enjoying wearing black & white. I don’t know if it has anything to do with art or movies, but I’ve generally been listening to a lot of BIRDY. She can be melancholic but I love her voice and style.”

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Shibani Dandekar. TV host/singer/model.

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Meghna Bhalla, freelance fashion stylist. Wearing Nishka Lulla.

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Backstage at Nishka Lulla.

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Backstage at Shift.

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Pallavi Singh. In between runway shows. Loves potatoes.

“It’s been a year since I completely shifted to Bombay. So everything is exciting — walking at LFW, meeting new people, working on new projects, and just living here.”

Are you a good cook?
Yes. I make great rotis. And dal. And salad.

If you weren’t a model what would you be?
I studied fashion design but I probably be a doctor as I come from a family of doctors. My mom still wants me to get into medicine.

What’s next for you?
I’m moving apartments.

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Karishma Shahani, fashion designer.

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Yee Teng Kerr from Malaysia. Lives in Pune. Works as a pattern cutter at Ka/Sha. Wearing Ka/Sha.

Photos taken at Lakme Fashion Week, Bombay in August 2013.

Laitumkhrah Street Style

August 22, 2013

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Just about three small cars wide, this street in Laitumkhrah is one of the busiest places in Shillong. Considerably empty during the holiday season and jammed rest of the year. (Shillong traffic ranks second in the country in terms of vehicles to population ratio. Isn’t that strange? I find it very strange.) On either side of this street, there are general stores, boutiques, a meat/vegetable market, a dying parking lot, seconds’ shops or box like structures that fit about 4 people at a time, small local restaurants/jadoh stalls(the best thing), cafes, ATMs, liquor stores, game parlours, a post office, back lanes where young people sit in their parked cars to talk, drink, smoke, eat.

When I try to think about it now, I am only able to picture the cafes, shops selling old clothes, jadoh stalls, and the back lanes.

I hung out in this area almost every day. These photos are from January 2011. Most shops were shut as shopkeepers were on the new year holiday break but some stay shut for longer than usual. In Errol’s words: Everyone is too fucking lazy here.

As a slow traveller with no intent of doing anything in particular, you could spend all your days here; there is always something to do.

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Photos below show how the town people dressed on any given day(except Sundays). 

Old women in patterned sweaters. Young girls in Converse, skinnies, and Uggs. Big warm plaid shawls & Khasi bags on both young & poor. No saris. No kurta-pajamas.

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Errol Morehead, in his 50s. Anglo-Indian. Ex-teacher, artist.

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Suzann, 17. Kemrik, 21.  Students.

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Wanrieka Passah, 26. Pianist.

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Kid from ‘mainland’ India.

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Vicky Pamei, 28. Ex-flight attendant.

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Kid working at a tea shop.

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We Need To Talk About Northeast India

July 6, 2013

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Looking for potential contributors.

If you have a story, illustration, photograph, selfies(hate that word), poem, map, or anything having to do with people, culture(way of living/social habits/fashion) from the Northeast, please get in touch. My email is: wearabout at gmail dot com. (The material should be your own and not published anywhere else.) Please use the subject line**: ezine/wearabout

These are a few photos from my trip for your reference.

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Photos from Aizawl, some parts of Nagaland, and Shillong.

PS. If you have any questions, thoughts, or ideas, send me an email or write in the comment section below.

Working Class at India Fashion Week

July 4, 2013

They don’t speak much.

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Men looking at the fashion shows on a screen. Women sitting in a group. Lunch break.

Photos from India Fashion Week, Delhi. (2012-13)

Women + working class | India Fashion Week

July 3, 2013

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I’ve tried to put together the urban Indian crowd that attends fashion weeks(look at Bombay here). It’s a small filtered out crowd.

I’m sometimes asked about the trends I see in India. I can’t point at one thing and say this is happening. Can anybody? India is too vast and diverse. It looks like a lot is happening simultaneously within a small crowd. Colour blocking. Traditional/vintage mixed with new. Prints mixed with colours. Tailored. Structured. Asymmetry. Lot of customization and personalization.

You see a lot of people endorsing the designers they like. Borrowed for the day, gifted, or bought. (Lesly Lobeni in Varun Sardana. Karuna Laungani in Rahul Mishra. Sabina Halder in Abdul Halder. Ridhima Sud in Pia Pauro. Ruhi Sheikh in Bodice).

Designers wearing the clothes they make. (Arya John, Ruchika SachdevaHiroko Takahashi.) There is Sarojini stuff combined with online stores. Old hand-me-downs(Carol Humtsoe). Vintage(Monica) Head to toe luxury(Pooja Khurana in Dior+Karen Miller). Models are usually in loose casual clothes and flat shoes. (A bit of generalization.)

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Another thing you can’t help notice is the working class people at fashion weeks. You see them around on all days but start finding them in abundance on the last day as they start dismantling stages and stalls. It’s interesting to see how they mix with the fashion crowd. They move in lines. Mostly looking down. In & out of the same areas as everyone else – the smoking area, by the party lounges, the designers’ stalls, backstage. Through loud music, drunk happy people, media spotlight, celebrities. They don’t talk at all. Even when they are together they don’t seem to be talking much. Like they were told not to.

However, I didn’t photograph them just to show the contrast between the classes. Guess everybody knows it exists pretty much everywhere in India. I like their aesthetics.

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All photos from 2011-2012 WIFW in Delhi.


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