Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Back From the Market: India
I just recently returned from a 5-week sojourn to India. While my official purpose was art historical research, I was definitely on an off-the-record mission for gorgeous fashion. And I found it to an excess. Such a fearless embrace of color! I tried to bring back as many pieces as Continental’s baggage restrictions would allow.
Indian costume jewelry. Combining multiple loves.
Dupattas (scarves): cotton and silk. Purchased from Cottons and Fabindia, various locations. Fabindia is known for its dupattas.
Elephant-embossed toe rings from South Bombay jewelry stall. An auspicious purchase, as my research concerned the elephant-headed god Ganesha.
Henna, with rings from Fabindia and E Street Denim Co.
I fell hard for this 60s-inspired kurti. The colors and print belong on a psychedelic music poster, and the shape is so mod! The tiny metal disks along the neckline are a subtle (by Indian standards) nod to the ubiquity of adornment as an important augmentation to and, at times indication of, beauty in Indian material culture. I paired it with streamlined jeans and precarious 5” wedges.
Kurti from Cottons, Mumbai, J Brand 10” jeans in Ink, French Connection wedges, LAK bangles from Hyderabad, Topshop earrings