Of Alta, Tant and Sustainability of trends || #MNSIndieProject

The last post I did wherein I wrote something I loved, was a long time back! Really long! I think it’ll take me a few articles to rea...



The last post I did wherein I wrote something I loved, was a long time back! Really long! I think it’ll take me a few articles to really get back to that stage, but I will try nonetheless! Today, I will attempt conveying through pictures. I bring another one of the #MNSIndieProject posts to you, after months, literally!

This one is a bit close to my heart. I have mentioned many times that I have been brought up roaming across the country, because of my father’s job. But, I have always been a Bengali girl at heart, no matter where I stayed. I have always preferred luchi over puri, saree over salwar, Tant er sharee {Cotton saree} over Chiffons and my most favorite, Alta over Mehendi. Indian women dress up beautifully, and we don’t even leave our palms bare!




Henna covered palms and elaborate mehendi ceremonies have been romanticized enough in Bollywood movies and honestly, done to the death! Like almost everything these days! You pick out a simple thing, name it something fancy and it becomes a rage! Now coming to the day’s main focus, sustainable fashion, which has been again, done to death at this point.

Most designers price a simple outfit exorbitantly and people with money to spare jump on the bandwagon of “making conscious sartorial decisions”, without a single second of research. Now, I won’t blame anyone. Designers want to sell and people want to be cool! The worst part of it all is, that only few of these garments labeled as “Sustainable fashion garments” are actually made by following a proper production process and priced fairly. I am afraid that the trend has made this slow fashion movement, into another “Fast fashion” trend.
 

bengali alta

application of alta

kantha stitch
Of Alta, Tant and Sustainability of trends || #MNSIndieProject

Also, this might be a new thing for the western world, but in a country where our previous generations have always preferred/worn cotton, grown organically, dyed with vegetable colors and indigo, this should be a huge rage. But, unfortunately it is!

But, there are actually ways to follow the slow fashion movement without breaking the bank and polluting the environment, after all it IS Eco-friendly fashion.

Borrow from your parents and grandparents. Wear their clothes, reuse!

Customize them if you want to! Pick an old saree or two, visit the tailor and turn them into dresses, shirts, skirts, anything you envision them to be!

Source cotton cloth from weavers; learn how to dye or get them dyed from someone who uses indigo or vegetable dyes. Get these tailored. Believe me, it feels so good!

The saree I am wearing here is sourced directly from a weaver, the embroidery {Kantha Stitch} done by an artisan after my Mother picked out the design. She has had this saree for years now and honestly I love wearing her sarees.

This particular saree is a Tangail saree. A commonly worn type of, Kantha stitch is another specialty of west Bengal. It started typically for re-purposing used clothes {Kudos for reusing and recycling to my older generations!}, and then Nakshi Kantha came to be, with motifs on clothes, for the purpose of design and decoration!  

This photo series is a visualization of combining a few of the favorites I have as a Bengali girl. All decked up, and putting finishing touches with the Alta on my feet  while enjoying a little bit of the spring sun {Boshont er rod}. And I chose a Shaada- Laal paar {white with red borders} saree because we Bengali women have a special place for these sarees in our heart {not to stereotype}, not that we don’t love other colors or designs!

Hope you guys liked the story! Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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