Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bhutan Street Fashion in Huffington Post

Bhutan Street Fashion ) a page created by us on Facebook got mentioned on Huffington post ... now that's a BIG DEAL for us :) 

Excited !! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Rural Inspiration ^^

Mr Kaka's beautiful ancestral home 

On my recent trip to Haa I was welcomed to visit one of our colleague Mr Kaka’s ancestral village home. This truly was an experience, every corner you look around inspired me , everything screamed vintage and old school charm. His house had high ceiling and the kitchen has this mystic charm with the walls covered in black soot.

Chencho, Kencho and Mr Kaka 

What caught my attention was the maroon blanket cape and the warrior gears. Well the photographer/designer in me started getting all antsy and a small impromptu photo session started in the alter room with fellow colleague Kencho Namgyel and Chencho.

warm tea :)

After snooping around the house I discovered some real cool trendy leather saddle bags and I thought they looked pretty runway. A cup of warm tea was followed by  a reluctant good bye,  I still cant get over the bags that I just left behind …… I hope Mr Kaka sells them to me ..

peekaboo sunset all the way to the guest house

The Photo shoot hahahha

What amazing horse saddle bags ... I have never seen something like this 

This could easily be on the DnG mens Runway on any international ramp 

That’s it Folks ^^ 

Thursday, October 20, 2011

STEVE JOBS .truly an inspiration

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Thimphu streets empty now that's a rare thing :)

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
Steve Jobs’ last word to the graduating class: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish”

RIP Steve Jobs. You were a real inspiration to me…

Monday, October 3, 2011

You are a King’s son by RUMI

You are a king’s son.
Why do you close yourself up?
Become a lover.
Don’t aspire to be a general
or a minister of state.
One is a boredom for you,
the other a disgrace.

You’ve been a picture on a bathhouse wall
long enough. No one recognizes you here, do they?
God’s lion disguised as a human being!
I saw that and put down the book
I was studying, Hariri’s Maqamat.

There is no early and late for us.
The only way to measure a lover
is by the grandeur of the beloved.
Judge a moth by the beauty of its candle.

Model : My neighbors son back in my hometown :)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

UGLY is BEAUTIFUL the shoot :)

Well the concept of using Fashion and spreading a social message struck me when I was walking around and saw a lot of garbage’s near the roads around my house area and the streets . I was toying with the idea of doing a different kind of photoshoot that would help spread social awareness, be creative as well as be less cost effective and that’s when the concept of UGLY is BEAUTY was born in my head. Emails were exchanged and many coffee sessions at Art CafĂ© with Yangchen Dukpa the editor of Bhutan Youth newspaper finally resulted in the Fashion Spread.  The clothes for the shoot were made out of newspaper, plastic and old fabric as lining. A week was spent doing four different set of wardrobe.

Everyone we knew warned us about the stench in Memelakha and true to their words it was disastrous. I felt like the smell went right up my nose and hit somewhere in the ceiling of my head, even my non existent sinus opened up. We were welcomed by a swarm of flies that came straight at us. Dressing the now almost about to faint models was another challenge. There were dogs everywhere of all kinds saw apsoos, a pug with long legs and old frail bulls. The place almost felt eerie in the sense it looked like everything that society did not care about was dumped there (animals and garbage namely). After an hour into the photoshoot we got used to the place even the swarming flies did not have effect on us, even our two new member two young boys from Bhutan Youth office who were there to assist us now want to pursue outdoor fashion photography as a alternative source of income, that’s how we inspired each other during the shoot.  In a strange way the place almost felt contemplative, everywhere you look around in Memelhaka from the garbage to the abandoned animals it make you think deep. One look at the mountain of garbage and you wonder if all those things used were even necessary in the first place.

The highlight of the day was the bathu (dough noodles) at Hongtsu and our young models, style assistant and driver of the day Yangchen Dukpa singing the entire journey one song after another. Life truly is living in the moment.

Through this shoot we also wanted to present forward the commodification of women by media, namely western. The idea that the media tries to put forward “defect” thereby trying to convince us that we are lacking something.  Although it’s a very subjective topic and it differs form people to people. We wanted to bring out the true essence of a woman much as the lotus that even in a murky pond still looks radiant, beautiful and with a sense of dignity and authority over her. To be very honest some of my most inspiring role models have been the women in my life, my mother, friends, nieces, aunts, kindergarten Teacher or a lady selling doma with a baby strapped at her back and another nursing her breast in the streets.

Me and my close friends together have set up a page on facebook “ BHUTAN street Fashion “ and we have received an overwhelming response with mails and encouragement pouring from members home and overseas. But with adulations comes the brickbats too. People should learn to distinguish the fact that we represent the street trends in Bhutan and not the Zorig Chosum . Some mails were even racial and life threating much to our amusement. In the end all we would like to put forward is that nothing you see on our page is scripted or unreal it’s the masses, the people who go about their daily lives in style and that is what we capture. Thank you so much for your support and our team shall bring you many more events and photoshoots in the near future free of prejudice, colour, caste or creed. 

The Sketch before making the recycled dress. 

My last dress before the shoot PHEW!!! i need to breath, back aching @@