Photo Series- Tribute to Weavers of Rajasthan

This photo series is dedicated to the hardworking weavers of Rajasthan. Celebrating the rare luxury of Rajasthan handwoven fabrics.

Usually, fashion shoots are about showcasing designer’s creation & idea but this one is special as it focuses on the beauty & luxury of Rajasthan’s Handloom which are beautifully created by the weavers from various villages of the state. I shot this photo series using vibrant backdrops of Diggi Palace, Jaipur. These photographs were shot minutes before the fashion show at Rajasthan Heritage Week. Rajasthan Heritage Week is one of a kind initiative by khadi board along with government of Rajasthan in partnership with Prasad Bidapa Associates. Supermodels Lakshmi Rana & Sonalika Sahay along with other top models posed wearing beautiful ensembles created by the weavers of Rajasthan. Anu Merton & Nirjal Basnet were the stylists & the draping technique was displayed by Aryan Naidu.
Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed, Model- Shweta Dolli
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed, Model- Shweta Dolli
Grameen Sansthan, Model- Sangeeta Gharu
Grameen Sansthaan, Model- Sangeeta Gharu
Mohammed Siddique, Model- Naina Khan
Mohammed Siddique, Model- Naina Khan
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed , Model-Tamris
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed, Model- Tamris
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed, Model-Lisa
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed, Model- Elizaveta
Faran Ansari, Model- Lakshmi Rana
Faran Ansari, Supermodel- Lakshmi Rana
Abdul Ghani, Model Sonalika Sahay
Abdul Ghani,  Supermodel-Sonalika Sahay
Awdesh Kumar, Model- Medha Rana
Awdesh Kumar, Model- Medha Rana
Nasruddin Ansari, Model- Marcela
Nasruddin Ansari, Model- Marcela
Shahid, Model-Priyanka Khatri
Shahid, Model-Priyanka Khatri
Mohammed Siddique, Model Chandini
Mohammed Siddique, Model-Chandini
Abdul Ghani, Model- Shifali Arora
Abdul Ghani, Model- Shifali Arora
Nazar Bhai, Model-Ashanti
Nazar Bhai, Model-Ashanti
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed (3)
Ghayur and Abrar Ahmed
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Tourism Chic-Street Style India

Tourism chic has emerged as one of the biggest trends as far the recent european fashion weeks are concerned. Seems like ‘being unfashionable’ is the latest style on the runway. Whether it’s the classic khakis, colorful hawaiian shirts teamed up with flip flops or the casual travel ready look, the fashion inspiration for most of the recent  spring/summer 18 catwalk shows especially in menwear seems like inspired by this new trend.

I have been photographing tourists on the streets of Rajasthan for quite some time now as I find the clothes they put up as interesting & sometimes extremely stylish. More or less this style is definitely a stand-out one. So here are some of the trends I spotted on the local streets of Jaipur & Pushkar.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

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The loose fitted Hawaiian shirts are very common among tourists visiting India especially Rajasthan.
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For an effortless bohemian look this local street bag is must. Also it allows you to carry so much of stuff while travelling, so it makes sense.
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Beat the heat with these statement pairs of sunglasses.

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Laid back is the new cool?
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Messy hair.

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This look is definitely not for the faint-hearted.
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When east meets west, the style magic happens instantly.

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That face!
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The common accessories spotted on the streets of Rajasthan, includes hats & scarves for women & stack bracelets for men.

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Reminds me of “Jis Desh Mein Ganga Rehta Hai”.
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The power of color indigo, as it gets mixed with any style without making it visually loud.
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For an instant standout look, opt for kitschy colorful skirts which are easily available on the local streets of Jaipur.
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The classic T-shirt with shorts look is still very common on the streets.

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At last, Namaste!

Backstage-DNA Fashion Connect

Pink city Jaipur witnessed another fashion extravaganza in form of season 1 of DNA fashion connect  which bought city based popular designers as well as upcoming designers on one platform to celebrate fashion & style. Fashion designer Gazal Mishra, Pooja Miglani, Suvigya Sharma, Karn Pratap Khuteta, Kirti Rathore &  Jaya Gajawat showcased the latest trends on the catwalk. The event also saw Bollywood actor Himansh Kohli, famous TV actor Aman Verma, Mr India finalist Bharat Sainani & top model Mudit Malhotra who walked the runway as showstoppers along with city’s popular faces Sangeeta Gharu, Dushyant Katewa & Priyanka Parashar. The show was directed by Abhimanyu Singh Tomar. Bollywood groovy tracks as well as international chartbusters like Cheap Thrills by Sia or Sorry by Justin Bieber were played on the catwalk.

Here I am sharing the personal portraits I shot at backstage (as usual) of the collection to give a closer look on details of the ensembles. While I was having fun shooting backstage, official photographer Jiten Agarwal was having blast shooting the runway (check the runway images on JPIC.in)

Photographs & text by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore.

Location-Grand Uniara, Jaipur

Designer-Suvigya Sharma
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Akshay Rathore
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Model Dushyant
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Mudit Malhotra
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Dhruv Soni

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Pooja Miglani
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Aishwarya Joshi
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Sangeeta Gharu

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Manvi Saroya
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Model Bharat Sainani for designer Karn Pratap Khuteta.
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Antima & Priyanka
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A happy selfie. Designer Gazal Mishra with model Aishwarya.
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Sangeeta Gharu

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Manvi

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Kirti Rathore
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Royal & regal. Model Mohit
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Men wearing statement jewels is a common sight in Rajasthan Rajput weddings.Model Vishwaraj

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Model Dushyant Katewa.
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Bollywood actor Himansh Kohli moments before the show.
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Television actor Aman Verma joining the hand of designer  Kirti Rathore for the final bow.

Street Style-Rajasthan Heritage Week

Rajasthan Heritage Week

Place-Diggi Palace, Jaipur

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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Models off duty.
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The punk shoes.
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Saagar Gera in black leather jacket styled with classic aviator shades.
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Dewanshi Verma.
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Mr.India Prateik Jain in printed mesh T-shirt & bright colored shorts.
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Antima in striped top & denim shorts.
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Supermodel Lakshmi Rana in black choker coordinated with distressed denims & cold shoulder top.
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Svelte lady in beautiful black sari styled with vintage pair of glasses.
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Rural woman from Rajasthani seen in traditional jewels.
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Fashion photographer Haider Khan.

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Rajasthani rural women in poshak (costume).
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Bearded dapper. Vishwaraj Singh Lavera
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Kanika Toure
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Sharon Rose.
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Pair your denim jacket with pop art printed skirt.
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Tropical vibes. Model Sandy Malik
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Model Bharat Sainani
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Fashion designer Rohit Kamra wearing hat & kaleidoscopic printed shirt.
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Dev Paimal.

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Happy girls are the prettiest! Pragathi Belliappa
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Tasseled outfit by designer Nivedita Saboo.
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Swathi Bhandary.
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Leggy beauty. Naina Khan
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Model Lakshmi Rana with Saagar Gera.
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Model Heena Bhalla making notes during fashion week rehearsals.
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Sonalika Sahay.
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Arry Dabas.

Photo essay-Day 2-Backstage-Rajasthan Heritage Week

Day 2 of Rajasthan Heritage Week was all about celebrating creations by the national awardee weavers & artisans. Along with the artisans the show also witnessed collections by veteran designers including Rohit Kamra, Rajneeral, Bangalore based Manish Saksena & Pavithra Muddaya.

I placed myself as ususal at backstage, observing & shooting the collections closely. For Day 2 I wanted to explore the minimalist photography with clean frames focusing on the colors of the creations & mostly with only one or two models in a frame. A big thanks to all the models who were very patient & comfortable with me to create some nice portraits. Also it was interesting to shoot so many female models donning beautiful saris by the weavers of Rajasthan. I personally loved the collection by Rajneeral as it was very edgy & full of prints with quirk. The day ended with the collection by Jaipur’s very own Rohit Kamra who presented his line of contemporary menswear in woollen khadi in well tailored cuts. The silhouette included breeches, sherwanis, bandhgala & achkan.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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The hair texture is amazing.
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Beauty look for day 2.
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Sangeeta Gharu.
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A smile is the best make up any girl could wear. Model Devanshi Verma.

 

Sari Not Sorry!

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Miss Diva 2016 Roshmitha Harimurthy.

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Model Dewanshi Verma
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Model Rakshitha Sunaina
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Model Manvi
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Model Jasenka Bijelic
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Model Kanika Toure

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Model Rhea Subbaiah
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Model Sangeeta Gharu 
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Model Swathi Bhandary in a colorful sari.
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Model Marcela Ayesha
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Designed by Gramin Sansthan, Barmer by Vikram Singh & Ruma Devi. Model-Antima
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Model Ashanti.
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Model Heena Bhalla.
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Designed by national awardee weaver Sitaramji from Barmer. Model –Naina Khan.
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Love this quirky patched work outfit by designer Pavitra Muddaya from Banglore.
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Model-Medha Rana

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Model Priyanka Singh

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Kitschy hair accessories.
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Mohan Neelakantan styling supermodel Lakshmi Rana.

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Designer-Rajneeral Babutta

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Sharon Alexander in one of the quirky creation by Rajneeral.
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Geek chic.
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Nerd Fashion.
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Model Roshmitha.

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Designer-Rohit Kamra

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Model Sandy Malik.
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Model Nikhil Hariwansh.
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Cool dapper. Model Harshvardhan Ahlawat.
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Mr India Prateik Jain in classic dhoti inspired ensemble by Jaipur’s very own Rohit Kamra.
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Model Saagar Gera.
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Fashion week also saw Jaipur based male models Akshay & Vishwaraj from the agency StyleSkool showcasing designer outfits on the runway.

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Mr. India finalist Dev Paimal.
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Mr India. Arry Dabas.
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Model Vibhu Verma.
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Model Akshay Rathore
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Model Siddharth Vijayvargia & Dushyant Katewa.
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New face spotted at Rohit Kamra show.
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Model Iqbal & Irfan.

Style Style Rajasthan- Exploring Bundi

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

Shot during Bundi Utsav 2016.

Place Bundi, Rajasthan.

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Colorful shakra dance performers during Bundi Utsav.
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Details- florals.
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So kitschy, full of colors.
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Waist belt or Kamarband.
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Musical artist of Rajasthan.
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Men of Bundi were seen donning white attire with red Bandhani(craft technique for print) turban .
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Dhoti, Kurta & shawl.

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Costume-Front details.
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Costume-Back details.
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Pop culture-street art at Bundi.
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Checks & turban.
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Layering inspiration for winters? Local sadhu at a sweet shop.
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Colorful Cafes in Bundi.
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Do visit this small tea shop by Krishna in Bundi.
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Love the hippie inspired interiors of Krishna’s Chai.

Hippie Vibes- Pushkar Fair 2015

 

Want to live the 60s hippie culture now? Pushkar city of Rajasthan is the right place to re-live the 60s youth movement. From people in dreadlocks to tie-dye T-shirts you will find it all here. Special recommendation to visit the city during Pushkar Fair which generally happens in the month of November(this year the dates are 8th Nov to 15th Nov 2016).

This street Style photo story is about the tourists I captured in candid moments at Pushkar Fair 2015.

Photographs by Abhimanyu Singh Rathore

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That shade of hair color is so verve.

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I discovered a whole new culture out there which was young, free & full of madness.
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Printed headbands & nose rings.

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How beautifully this women has put together lace & florals & those dreadlocks are adding so much character to her look.

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Images of indian gods & goddesses are very common on T-shirts in the market of Pushkar.

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Metallic jewels with a floral head-piece.
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Those printed bohemian skirts looks so cool with oversized kitschy bags.

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At the end all I can say is I LOVE PUSHKAR & would love to spend more time in this city whenever I re-visit it.