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Twitterati break out their best to support #Iwearhandloom on social media

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It would seem Textile Minister Smriti Irani has finally hit one outta the park on social media! Her #IWearHandloom hashtag, which is supposed to showcase the work of Indian weavers, is trending big time on Twitter. And, to boot, influencers and celebrities from all walks of life have come out in support and love for Khadi, cottons and other hand-spun fabrics that are native to India. …

#GetLocal: Inside Modi’s constituency: Maninagar, Gujarat

The scars and dirt on her legs reflects on how much a day of surviving in this world has cost her.

I’ve been going to Maninagar, a small area in Ahmedabad, since I was a child. My ancestral bungalow is there, and even though I grew up in Mumbai, this place has a special spot in my heart. It’s replete with Gujarat history and, for me, childhood memories. As I said, it’s a small area, but Maninagar is a place with infinite complexities. It’s one of the …

#GuestPost Get Local: Sublime snapshots of Stripped-naked Sages at Kumbh Mela

Get your Shiva on, by Siddharth Lalchandani There is no greater gathering of Hindu devotees than the Kumbh Mela. Since it was popularized in the 8th century, the festival has garnered local and international fame as the “the world’s most massive act of faith.” When my camera’s battery ran out, and I no longer had the lens to distance myself from the scene in front of me, …

The Gorgeous Gujjar Tribes of Nagin Valley

Beauty isn’t about perfect hair or precisely proportioned features. Rather, it’s the kindness reflected in a stranger’s eyes; the weathered lines on a face that smiled wide through sorrow. In this context, the Gujjar people, most of whom are part of the Bakarwal tribe in Kashmir are gorgeous. Constantly on the move, Bakarwals live at peace with nature. No historian has been able to trace …

A Sock(or two) for Charity: Tibetan Socks by Adrien Field

Happy feet!

You know that old wives’ tale about cold hands and feet meaning you have a warm heart? Well, LA-based fashion designer turned yogi Adrien Field and his company Tibetan Socks are on a mission to bust that myth! Hand-woven from Yak wool, Tibetan Socks are made by women in the Himalayas. They have also developed a new style with a felt sole for greater durability. Not …

The Vibrant Village Of Wai

... Will bring you that much closer to heaven.

Wai, a Maharashtrian village on the way to Satara, has a population of  less than 40,000. Each with such a unique style, it would likely send The Sartorialist into a street-style-snapping frenzy. Related posts: NYE will probably suck, but your outfit doesn’t have to! Pyjama Pantaloonies Lookbooks We Love: Pyjama Tribe by CHOLA the label Look Books We Love: Chola the label’s Grown up hippies

Manali’s Mountain People

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City life is fun, but it can make a girl feel like a piece of mascara goop after an all-night bender with Fardeen Khan. That’s why God made Manali. The mountain life is peaceful, but it ain’t easy, bro. You could try to trek to Kheer Ganga in Louboutins, but would you live to tell that tale? We think not. The importance of dressing for …

Hooked On An Earring

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Move over Zoe Kravitz, this Goan woman is our new ear-party queen! In ancient times, jewelry used to be an ornament meant for men. Then women decided they could better. This woman — whom we met outside Hilltop selling omelets — did it best. Traditional Goan earrings are chunky, with bright stones, and often imitate Pisces patterns like the one she’s wearing on her lobe. A …