Hello to my fashionable readers. After a one month-long hiatus from the blogging world, I am back post a lovely trip to Rajasthan for my birthday and to shoot various collaborative blog shoots. That sure was a double dose of excitement that I felt before my travelogue to Rajasthan. But fate seemed to give me a graver challenge and I was diagnosed with high fever and tonsillitis from the first to the last day of my trip. Yes, this actually happened when I had so much work and leisure planned side by side. I sacrificed the latter part and made sure to complete the work bit of my trip. My photographer Prachi Sharma was kind enough to let me shoot fewer looks per day which extended the three-day multi city shoot to five days of shoot. I seemed to have forgotten that even the dry state of Rajasthan can turn extremely humid during the scattered monsoon season. Rainy and Sunny never go well together. With the paracetamol that I would take to stand in my two’s, it came with a price of sweating even under the air con. And here I am sweating prior to heading outdoors, only to be under the scorching sun amid the humidity (due to monsoons) once I head out to shoot. I wouldn’t have been able to do the shoot if it were for any other place but Rajasthan as this beautiful state gives me a kind of positivity that no place in India can. Lets say that kept me kicking.
Talking about this look, I have collaborated with SS Homme’s Couture collection and selected this beautiful floral embroidered Sherwani which consists of different hues of Gold. This is from their Regalia couture collection. The intricacy of the details made me immediately select this look. I knew I would fit in perfectly amid the golden fortresses of Jaisalmer. It’s peak monsoon season there in Rajasthan and the state is flourishing with flora all over. The greens go so well with the shades of Golden. Jaisalmer was all gold with patches of green this monsoon. Hence I had to add elements of green and incorporated them in my accessories. The safa I have gotten tied is a unique style of the native people of Jaisalmer. This heirloom sword that I have used of a friend who belongs to the royal family of Jaisalmer added the perfect balance and tone to my look. I paired these with an apt pair of hand embroidered slip ons from The Tated. The Slip ons are embroidered with prints of an ancient ruling King and Queen. I was really tempted to add jewelry to the look but decided not to do so as it would not match with the aesthetics of the culturally rich city of Jaisalmer since the city is known for having similar tones of gold all over, hence adding jewelry would be a stark contrast to the aesthetics of the city landscape.
I have shot this look in the Royal cenotaphs of Jaisalmer also know as the Bada Bagh. All the deceased members of the Royal Family of Jaisalmer are cremated here and a shrine or chattri is made for him/her by their heir/son. The style of the shrine differs from varied times ranging from the Vedic times to the Mughal era when the Mughal invasion took place. You can see the different style of architecture clearly in the pictures. The dome-shaped chattris or shrines are from the Mughal era which are more recent and the structural pointed top of the shrine which has a more simple finish to it is from the historic Vedic times. I was truly living in history while shooting for this look in the Royal Cenotaphs of Jaisalmer.
Special thanks my dear aunt, HH Raseshwari Rajya Lakshmi Saheb of Jaisalmer and my friend Maaghvendra Singh Bhati for helping me get the best locations.
Photographs are beautifully clicked by Prachi Sharma (@thirddimension)