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July 2019 Issue 23-24

There are a thousand India’s within our nation; in attire, in lifestyle, in socio-economic fabric. Owing to this kaleidoscopic cultural heritage and various socio-economic shifts in the Indian society — from the pre-Independence era till now —this issue explores the amalgamation of native sensibilities with global influences through the decades. Starting from the British rule and later during the Freedom Movement in the 1920s-40s (with the emphasis on indigenous weaves such as Khadi) followed by the vibrant hues and prints of the flower movement – whose effects percolated from the West to Asian cultures. Following this was the huge cinematic influences of the 1970s and 1980s, and then from the 1990s, the exploration of modern fashion photography on a global scale which in turn led to the evolution of the robust Indian fashion industry.

Moving away from a regular format of commissioning essays and articles by ‘expert’ authors, the main narrative through this issue of TAKE has been created through a series of interactions with people from a range of personal and cultural backgrounds, each of whom has contributed with reminiscences, anecdotes, photographs and other kinds of visual material, from a variety of sources, which include family albums and professional archives. These interactions have been transcribed into quotations, which are interspersed with a continuing, overarching narrative of text, as well as additional relevant images sourced from private and institutional collections. Together, they provide a perspective on Indian fashion over a century, from the early 20th century to now.

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TAKE Fashion: Editor’s Note

TAKE Fashion: Guest Editor’s Note

Fashion in 20s

Fashion in 30s

Jyoti Bhatt: A Mini Retrospective at Baroda

New Traditions

Why We Should/ Should We Remember?

Songs from the Blood of the Weary

UnMYthU: Byproducts of Twenty Years of Performance


Satrangi: An Exhibition of Patachitra Art from Bengal

Capturing the Real Beyond the Reel

Flowing with the Body

Step Inside and You are No Longer a Stranger

The City—Janus-Faced

A Search in Five Directions

A Model for Invisible Growth

The Houses Still Standing

74 Million Million Million Tons

Decolonisation Doesn’t Have a Synonym

Tushar Joag: The Mind Who Launched a Thousand Soul-Searchings

Mehlli Gobhai

Realism as a Metaphor: Retrospective of Rajan Krishnan

TAKE on Writing Workshop, Jaipur 2018

Live Stream—Performance Art Pavilion at the 18th Asian Art Biennale, Bangladesh

Liverpool Biennale 2018

Archaeology of the Underground Self

The Fair that Fared Well

Building Communion: FLAME Artist Residency 2018

Present Tense: Notes on Living Between Material Futures and a Critical Present

Astaguru: Ten Years After

Fly on the Wall #22: Reminiscing The Lahore Biennale 2018

An image from a photo-shoot from the 1990s by fashion photographer Asha Kochhar, featuring Michelle Innes. Image courtesy: Asha Kochhar, New Delhi. Sunil Patwardhan, Self-Portrait with Mirror and Camera, 24x30 inches, Acrylic on Canvas, 2016. Tushar Joag with his students.



Fashion in 20s

From the late 19th Century onwards, the westernisation of men’s clothing in the Indian subcontinent had fundamentally changed the sartorial landscape of the country.

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Fashion in 30s

Gyanonandini Tagore from Calcutta made this style of wearing the saree popular, where the upper end of the cloth was draped over the left shoulder. It is recorded that Gyanonandini was inspired by the gara in Bombay, in an ensemble comprising of European inspired bodice blouses, petticoats and Western-style leather shoes.

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