I really love that you’re expanding your photography beyond the world of fashion that we all know, love, and sometimes expect. These recent images not only capture fashion in less frequented places around the world but they evoke emotions that transcend fashion. (I feel like I’m been taken in into her world.) Very McCurry-esque. Well done, sir.
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They live in Bali, and a real Balinese is always aware of what they are wearing. In Bali, there are lots of rules and restrictions regarding clothing (well, in everything actually), even more for girls. I am not talking about other Indonesians or foreign tourists, and she looks she’s Balinese. Fyi, what she’s wearing is called ‘ikat’. The pattern of ikat is inspired by nature; waves, clouds, etc. Well-considered pattern (again, real ikat is restricted in terms of pattern), fine material, and it takes long time and high skill to produce.
It’s not clear if it’s a real hand woven ikat, but even though it’s print, the moment she decided to wear it that day for me is simply showing that she got taste, no matter in what condition she’s living.
Oh, and no words to describe her smile. It’s priceless.
This girl might not have all we believe is the minimum necessary for what we consider a decent living, but there is so much beauty and dignity in this picture. I have the feeling it is transmitting more to me on how one can be happy, than the opposite. Nice shot!
Coming from a developing world country and spent time in neighborhoods such as this one, I am a little torn about this picture because we dont want to aestheticize poverty. I will however say one thing to those who think this is not fashion or worse that ‘these’ people dont even know what clothes they are wearing (@Simon) – they most definitely know! They are very focused on hygiene and being clean [partly because it is hard in the types of homes they live in] and doing their hair certain ways etc. They do have their party clothes, their fancy outfits etc. Fashion is definitely indexed by class and this girl here with this type of house probably classifies as lower-middle or working class in Bali. So someone with less than we think we have isnt automatically ‘poor’ or ‘less than’ or unaware of what beauty is in clothes or self-presentation.
Remind me how pure and happy Indonesian children are!
Gorgeous pattern and color! Batik and Ikat are original Indonesian pattern. Ikat is an Indonesian language word, which depending on context, can be the nouns: cord, thread, knot and the finished ikat fabric as well as the verbs “to tie” or “to bind”. They are just amazed me with their gorgeous patterns and mix vibrant colors. Every color and pattern has meaning too. I can see how rich and deep their culture from their traditional art.