Glowy sunkissed selfie- unabashedly taken on public transport- for Reclaim the Bindi week. Bindis are part of my everyday style now and I love that. I live in India and we wear a lot of Indian clothes like salwar kameez on a daily basis, but in my socioeconomic groups of urban, upper-class kids, wearing bindis and Indian jewellery regularly might qualify as ‘too traditional’- over and above the cool, accepted amount of Indianness.
Of course, I don’t mean to generalise that all people in the aforementioned groups feel this way. But it is a well-known and documented trend, what with our proclivity for Western style and fashion. Indian style, textiles, and designs are so gorgeous and so varied! I’m definitely experimenting more and more with the ‘too traditional’ aspects, like heavier jewellery and ornaments.
(next stop on the wishlist: saris. Saris to gigs, saris to grab a beer with a friend, saris to go to the library, saris to sneak down to the theka across the road!)
It’s been 6 months since this project started. It came as an idea late at night with a conversation among friends. The immense support that this has received even further proves the lack for a supportive safe space for marginalized communities to thrive because it’s no longer just about survival.
I hope more than anything this serves as the catalyst for POC to pursue whatever is that we want to pursue because we deserve that and to carve out a space that is so rightfully ours.
Basically, this is a drawn out thank you, so thank you very much. XOXOXO