Rajasthani Fashionistas

Thursday, January 15, 2009


Now here are some dolls I wish I could procure for my daughter-to-be. One of my current blog-obsessions, Masala Chai, recently posted this piece about Marie Claire India's Rajasthani puppet project:

The Rajasthani puppet - a symbol of storytelling, vintage India-style - got a
Marie Claire makeover when, to celebrate our second anniversary, designers were
invited to drape two-feet-high puppets in their signature styles. The unique
fashion installation at the anniversary parties in Delhi and Mumbai -- in
everything from Swarovski slippers with chiffon dresses to leather gowns,
block-printed tunics to finely pleated mulmul ghaghras with intricate zardozi -
became a new form of storytelling in fashion. The hugely popular puppets now
take the pride of place on our fashion awards logo as well as form the signature
art emblem of MC's Made in India series.

Some of India's most prominent designers--including Manish Arora, Varun Bahl, and Gurpreet Pia--participated in the project, resulting in some breath-taking, cutting-edge design draping the traditional dolls. The juxtaposition is awesome--if only American Girl Place could take some cues!


9 comments:
Purva said...

These are so cool! I wish I could take my girls to see them.

Rupa said...

I always wonder why Indian designers don't get more press stateside. I think it will probably change soon. Indian fashion week is going to eclipse Bryant park soon I think.

India Arts said...

"Masala Chai" is such a great site! Any other sources for modern Indian art?

Anonymous said...

Cool concept. But I have always thought the traditional Rajasthani dolls are kind of scary! I can remember being gifted them on my trips to India when I was young and all I really wanted was a cute, cuddly Cabbage Patch Kid...! I think it's something about the wild eyes...

Sonali said...

I would take these over American Girl Place anyday. Do you know if you can get Marie Claire India in the states?

Uma said...

I LOVE these and would love to get them for my daughter. Can you purchase them? What about other traditional Indian dolls? I remember having them as a kid but have no clue where to find them now...

Sandy said...

wow!! so beautiful!

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Mecha LEBU said...

Very Beautiful

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