Archive for February, 2014

Everyday Wear | Street Style Bhutan

February 28, 2014

street style bhutan kira
Thuji, a 60 year old Bhutanese woman. 

Is wearing Togeo and Kira — the national dress for women in Bhutan.

Photographed on Norzin Lam Street in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Sunday Dressing | Street Style Shillong

February 28, 2014

street style shillong
Is quarter Khasi, quarter Assamese, and half Zeliangrong Naga. Currently doing her post grad in Environment and Sustainable Systems.

Wearing a grey cashmere vintage coat from Korea. Zara tee. Dotti skinny trousers. ASOS white heels. Mimco mohair purse.

Listening to Haim, Quadron, Feist, and Arctic Monkeys on repeat.

Photographed on a Sunday afternoon after her church service in Police Bazaar, Shillong.

Everyday Wear | Street Style Bhutan

February 26, 2014

bhutan street style
Bhutanese man and woman. 

Man is wearing the Gho — traditional/national dress for men in Bhutan.

Photographed on Norzin Lam Street in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Young Khasi Boy

February 26, 2014

Street style shillong india

David. About 3 years old. Likes to play with toy cars. Doesn’t mind being photographed. Favourite song: David is a monkey.

Photographed in Lachumiere, Shillong.

The Following | Street Style Bhutan

February 25, 2014

street style paro bhutan

street style paro bhutan
Old Bhutanese woman. Photographed on the main market street in ParoBhutan. 

It was getting dark and the only three people I stopped for photos had refused and I had nothing else to do so I decided to follow her just to see where she was going. We crossed through the entire Paro market stretch — she stopped thrice for a moment each time to greet people who recognised her. We crossed the taxi stand, my hotel, further off on an unfamiliar road. By now we’d been walking for about 20 minutes until she crossed the road for no apparent reason to me and then we were walking parallel to each other and then somehow I got ahead of her and she crossed the road back again and then she was walking behind me..

Rajasthani Woman | Street Style Jodhpur

February 23, 2014

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Photographed near Clock Tower, Jodhpur in January 2012.

Monica Dogra | Art of the Trench

February 23, 2014

monica dogra street style mumbai
Monica Dogra/Shaair. Seed Planter/ Music Maker/ Actor/ Activist

Photographed in Bandra in 2011 for Burberry|Art of the Trench.

Indian Bride | Street Style Himachal

February 23, 2014

Indian wedding street style
Bride in Himachal Pradesh. According to local tradition, the bride keeps her face covered for three days.

Photographed at a wedding in a small village in Dharamshala in November 2013.

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

Chang naga street style india

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

Konyak Naga Man

February 6, 2014

konyak naga street style india
Typical Konyak Man. Is wearing earrings made out of deer horn, necklace made out of tiger teeth and brass heads. Rows of heads, colour combination of threads, and motif on the jacket are typically Konyak. Konyak is also the only Naga tribe that weaves beads.

“Head-hunting — one of the prominent feature among the Konyak. The custom of killing enemy and bringing the head was indicative of courage and pride in the past. The belief among our forefathers was that there was some magical power in the human skull. In the past, a heroic reception was accorded to a warrior who entered the village with the captured head of the enemy. The skull was tied in the log drum and dance and merry-making continued throughout the night. The main importance of taking a head is not the glory of the war but the gain of the magical forces inherent in the skull. The hang-over from such practice is noticed even now. You will sometimes find a man wearing brass heads round his neck. This practice is now as extinct as the dodo in Mauritius.” Source

Photographed in December 2012 at the Hornbill Festival // Inputs from Mercy Tetseo

Zeliang Naga Man

February 4, 2014

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zeliang naga

zeliang naga
Zeliang Naga man at the Hornbill Festival.

Is wearing leg paint made from rice flour, feather from a rooster’s tail on the head, and earrings made out of bamboo & wool.

“The Zeliang is the official name of the Zemi and Liangmei people in Nagaland. Some scholars have regarded these people as the last group of migrants from south-east Asia. The Zeilang Naga live primarily in the south-western part of Kohima district.” Source

Photographed in December 2012 // Inputs from Mercy Tetseo

Imlibenla | Miss Nagaland 2012

February 4, 2014

miss nagaland 2012 imlibenla jamir
17 year old. Arts student. Ao Naga. Lives in Mokokchung, Nagaland.

How did you end up in a beauty contest?
One of my teachers asked me to take part in the pageant and then my friends encouraged me.

How do you spend your days?
Facebooking, watching films, tv, drumming.

Where do you hang out here?
At this place called The Restaurant, my place, or my friend’s place. I don’t go to clubs.

Are there any clubs here?
I don’t think so.

Interviewed and photographed in Mokokchung in January 2013.

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