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“Amrita Sher-Gil (Punjabi: ਅੰਮ੍ਰਿਤਾ ਸ਼ੇਰਗਿੱਲ; 30 January 1913 – 5 December 1941) was an eminent Indian painter. She has been called “one of the greatest avant-garde women artists of the early 20th century” and a “pioneer” in modern Indian art. Drawn to painting at a young age, Sher-Gil started getting formal lessons in the art, at the age of eight. Sher-Gil first gained recognition at the age of 19, for her oil painting entitled Young Girls (1932).

Sher-Gil traveled throughout her life, to countries including Europe, Turkey, France and India, deriving heavily from their art styles and cultures. Sher-Gil is considered an important woman painter of 20th-century India, whose legacy stands on a par with that of the pioneers of Bengal Renaissance.She was also an avid reader and a pianist.” (x)

Group of Three Girls, 1935

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Sometimes old posts get new life and the reemergence of this one reminded me that I have a stash of Ye Qianyu paintings. The artist often has a series of paintings of the same gesture but the colours vary giving a wide range of combinations for the simple bordered sarees that he tends to favour. Apart from this there are varying styles - printed blouses, ruffle sarees, ghaghra choli ensembles etc. And the showcasing of hair ornaments and alta on hands and feet.

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Tales of Patan | A visual ode to the handwoven textile of Patola made in Patan, Western India

Outfits | Gaurang Shah

Concept and Styling | Who Wore What When

Photography | Karan Nevatia

Models | Naomi Janumala and Poulomi Das

I’m here for women of color wearing their natural hair

I’m here for women of color wearing vibrant clothing

I’m here for women of color embracing their bodies 

I’m here for women of color feeling confident and beautiful

I’m here for women of color 

In Indian Mythology, a powerful and evil demon was given a boon. And his askance, as he considered women feeble, weak creatures was that only a female could kill him. He believed this would guarantee his immortality. Imagine his surprise then, when the Goddess Kali appeared, a necklace of demon heads like his around her neck, her power far overshadowing his, and he no match for her incredible strength, defeating him in record time. What I am trying to tell you is, they have always underestimated us, no matter what form we take. What I am also saying is, we should channel our inner Goddesses and make them rue the day they made that mistake.
—  Nikita Gill, Ma Kali
#DearNonNatives: Don’t call yourself a feminist if you’re going to ignore the missing and murdered Indigenous women in this country, or the 1 in 3 Native women who were sexually assaulted, or the white washed and hypersexualized images of Native women in the media.