Today many of us are struggling to find our new context in the world. We are being pushed to reconsider our culture, religion, social beliefs and roots. But, we do not need to reconsider the good that we are. We just need to further embrace it. The first step for me, is doing it through fashion.
As a child, I would sometimes avoid Indian foods that were too exotic, looking too Indian in public, or identifying too strongly with my Indian heritage.
Taking pride in oneself does not certainly mean arrogance or braggadocio. It means honoring the things that made you, you. It means honoring the people, places, principles and experiences that led you through life.
Appreciating the strengths my past has allowed me, lets me be more curious, questioning and experimental, with less to fear from the world.
In the most rural parts of India, the dupata is used to cover the most unique aspect of a woman, her face. I love using it this way, to frame delicately, everything that defines me.
Used in a truly feminine and avant garde fashion, this dupata is the “new context” of my culture: east in west, modest yet challenging, feminine yetbold. In other words, everything it ever was to me.