Hello peeps .... this is a new series that we are starting .... where we profile street beggars in and around Delhi primarily .... At the onset, let us specify that the object of this exercise is purely sartorial .... this is not a social or moral commentary on the rights and wrongs of begging .... The existence of beggars in India is a given .... they co exist side by side with all sorts of people from various economic backgrounds .... this then is just a documentation on our part .... where we have captured them as they are .... if they happen to catch our eye with what they wear .... The idea is not to glamourise them either .... for what they wear is almost always a matter of what is available to them as a necessity ... mostly charity clothes .... but Style is always a personal subject .... and many a times we have been inspired by the way the clothes come together .... This is just another topic for blogging for us .... it doesn't reflect nor indicate our personal views on the subject of "begging" .... Its about the clothes, period. .... Having said that, the whole idea for a blogpost came from Aanchal .... she has this habit of photographing beggars on the street ... whenever she finds someone eye catching, she whatsapps me with a tiny tid bit about the person ... and gradually we ended up with many images on our phones .... that is when it occurred to us !! .... We document couture, fashion week, trends and high street ... so why not document someone with limited choices and for whom clothes serve only as a mode of protection from the elements.... but even if the priority is functional, we have found that some people are a natural with what they wear, the way they wear it .... Call us shallow, but it pleases the eye beyond the obvious tragic nature of circumstances ... to quote Albert Camus :

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”










This is Sunita, 15 years old, wearing a cerulean blue calico chintz print with bold floral motifs in red and orange ... in the style of a ghagra choli (Indian skirt and blouse) ... very feminine and a traditional outfit ... but the green and beige shawl that she has tied around her waist, gives an edge to the whole look .... The shawl no doubt is for a multi purpose use .... but we love the idea of it !! .... She wears a beaded bracelet on her hand with silver accents .... Its her favourite, but she sometimes wears bangles too! .... Globally, the Floral print trend is something that is continuing from last year .... But for us in India, it is tied up in the history of our textiles .... How ? .... Well as we said before, Sunita is wearing a Calico Chintz print :) ... Read on to know what we mean by that with full help from our friend Wikipedia :D



What is Calico  ?


Calico is a plain-woven textile made from unbleached, and often not fully processed, cotton .... It may contain unseparated husk parts, for example .... The fabric is less coarse and thick than canvas or denim, but owing to its unfinished and undyed appearance, it is very cheap ... Historically speaking, Calico originated in Kozhikode (also known as Calicut) in India during the 11th century ...  It was mentioned in Indian literature by the 12th century, when the writer Hemachandra described calico fabric prints with a lotus design ... By the 15th century, calico from Gujarat made its appearance in Egypt .... Trade with Europe followed from the 17th century onwards .... Calico was woven using Surat cotton for both the Warp and Weft.


What is Warp and Weft ?



In weaving,  the weft is the term for the thread or yarn which is drawn through the warp yarns to create cloth .... Warp is the lengthwise or longitudinal thread in a roll, while Weft is the transverse thread.

What is Chintz ?

Chintz was originally a woodblock printed, painted or stained Calico produced in India from 1600 to 1800 and popular for bed coversquilts and draperiesChintz designs are mostly European patterns loosely derived from the style of Indian designs themselves reflecting Mughal art, and decorative traditions in Islamic art such as the Arabesque
Modern chintz usually consists of bright overall floral patterns printed on a light background, the perfect example being Sunita's Ghagra Choli :)



Hope you liked our new series, we will be back with more stories ... meanwhile if you come across someone that catches your eye on the street, do drop us a mail :) ... Until next time,

Aanchal, Dimpy, Shima.







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  2. It is indeed tricky to approach beggar style. It reflects well when you mention you are not trying to glamorize anything. Nicely explained and enlightening information at the end :)

    Can't wait for the next post in this series.

    Swati @ The Creative Bent

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