Monday, October 24, 2005

A Fashion Statement (WIP)

I must be Indian to the core of my colour-drenched soul. That 'little black dress' does nothing to me, specially when one evening has so many little black dresses. Halfway up the hips, halfway down the bosom, plunging down the back ... nada, nothing, nix, nought. On alabaster skins perhaps, yes, the dreama of contrast is essentially theatrical. Throw in bright red lips and you get standard advertising statements. What they say, who knows - meanings have been lost in layers of media.

Give me the gentle pastels of the summer plains anytime, the earthy tones of the fields and villages, the royal shades of Mughal nobility, the vivid defiance of the South, the fiery vermillion of the east, the virgin whites of Luknowi mornings... my Indian heart sings its own raag in tune with the tints.

Black ? When did we ever wear black?

6 Comments:

At 1:47 AM, Blogger david raphael israel said...

This leads one to wonder about the origins / evolution of black garb as a European / Middle Eastern style.

But what's WIP signify? (googling didn't help)

cheers,
d.i.

 
At 2:44 AM, Blogger scribe said...

Work - in- Progress!!

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger Revealed said...

I funnily enough was reading something in someone else's blog and left precisely (and i mean PRECISELY) the same comment there about the drabness of black when it comes to clothing!

 
At 1:16 AM, Blogger suniti said...

Hmmm! I am rather fond of black. But I do understand your vote for color. Funnily enough the time I crave colour is in the monsoon. With muddy streets and grey skies a splash of sunflower yellow or scarlet is what I crave.But am content to stay with black/white and indigo ( jeans ) for rest of the year:)

 
At 1:03 AM, Blogger himali said...

I love this. I think this is a poem about the selves we project (the color white contains all, and reflects) and the self we absorb (the color black). The one implies that who we are is a bundle of external experiences, the other that we are trapped within our egos. Indis-- she falls in the later.

 
At 9:17 AM, Blogger Finny Forever said...

you forget the Black Shirt Movement in the South (tamil nadu to be specific)

 

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