World Indigenous Peoples Day is almost coming to a close and I’d like to share pictures of myself in my traditional attire.
I am an indigenous woman (or an adivasi as known in South Asia). Today has been fairly good. Since Mom and I couldn’t go outside due to our fear of a terrorist threat ever since July 1st happened, we both decided to go on our fairly adequate rooftop garden for a mini photo shoot.
Our attire is known as Pinon-Khadi. Pinon is the wrap around skirt I’m wearing and the khadi is much like a scarf but it is wrapped over the blouse and draped to the side like a traditional sari. Alas I do not own original Chakma jewellery so I had to make do with some baubles I bought from fairs.
This has been a small lesson on Chakma culture from a small blogger.
OK so Maggie Lindemann posted a picture of herself wearing a beautiful Bindi and jewels around her eyebrows and under her eyes and she looked absolutely gorgeous. And I saw multiple comments about #reclaimthebindi and #CoachellaShutdown Basically Indian/Hindu girls are upset because Bindis have become a popular trend at Coachella. They are deeming it cultural appropriation and saying that white privilege is the reason we all think its okay. Here comes the rant, NOT ALL PEOPLE WHO GO TO COACHELLA ARE WHITE and NOT EVERYONE WHO MADE BINDIS TRENDY ARE WHITE! Coachella 2014 Vanessa Hudgens a Puerto Rican girl rocked the bindi and Selena Gomez a Mexican/Italian did it too! Lets face it festival culture and fashion deems half nakedness, headdresses, and jewels acceptable! Thats just how it is! To my ladies out there that are upset about this, try to see it from a different perspective. No one is trying to insult you by wearing a Bindi. We have been doing Henna tattoos forever! We aren’t trying to lessen the meaning of the Bindi, we think this cultural statement you have created is beautiful and have found a way to adapt it into our style. If anything you should use the fact that Bindis have become so trendy to use it as a way to educate those who don’t know the meaning behind it, because I’m positive no one is going to look at you and say “well I don’t care what it means I’m just wearing it because it’s pretty.” they’re going to be like “Woah seriously? That made this beautiful thing mean so much more.” But demanding that people stop wearing them isn’t going to get anyone anywhere its only going to make people want to wear them more and care less about everything you guys are fighting for. Message me with your opinions just don’t be rude!! (: have a nice night guys!
This is a photo from my senior prom (two years ago); the moment I’d decided to attend, I knew I couldn’t miss the chance to wear something so beautiful. Let me tell you something: few things are as ethereal as a Desi woman who carries herself like royalty. Be proud of your skin, your background, and your culture…because we brown girls are pure magic.