Saturday, October 18, 2008

Sari for a hammock...

Insightful article by Shoba Narayan in the MINT LOUNGE. She spans various aspects of design and style in an insightful way . The examples of the Indian context are worth pondering .


As a people, I believe that we Indians are stylish. I don’t mean the Page 3 socialites who have fallen prey to Western dictates (and brand names) of what constitutes style. I mean that rural India has a style that is entirely and uniquely our own. It is in the upturned jootis and the dignified walk of a turban-clad farmer in Rajasthan; in the crisp folds of a Bengal cotton sari, especially when worn by pretty much any woman in Kolkata; in the green bangles of a koli fisherwoman who goes to Crawford Market; in the pristine white “mundu” dhoti of Kerala politicians including defence minister A.K. Antony; in the graceful walk of any woman who balances a pot of water on her head. Wherever you look in India, we have a style and grace that is a mixture of Bauhaus functionality and Baroquean exuberance. It follows Mies van der Rohe’s dictate that form must follow function and then adds a fillip of colour and je ne sais quoi to it.

2 comments:

neelakantan said...

Insightful?

Savitha Rao said...

yes :) aspects of design and style that are not normally covered by media .

I liked the expansive definition of style . The point on the Indian tradition of creative use and reuse of materials not being translated into our modern design vocabulary is valid . To the degree it happens it would make for a that much more sustainable world.