Travelogue

July 14, 2017 , By Astha Modi

The Gujju Bong connection

The Gujju Bong connection

Ahmedabad always triggered the feeling of charm lingering in laze and a rush of scope screaming out to the world at the same time. During my travel story visit to the city, I contacted Juhi Bansal from the Closet Buddies and suggested we should combine our forces and pose together. I spent the weekend at The French and Deewanji Ni Haveli (http://blabbercat.com/heritage-havelis) and kept my last day only for coffee and conversation with Juhi. Before reaching Ahmedabad I had gone through Juhi’s pictures and loved her sturdy frame. A Bengali Saree would look great on her so I chose a traditional cream and red border saree with Shakha Pola. For me, Juhi chose a chanya choli that complimented the colours of the Bengali saree so well. The Gujarati chaniya choli gave me a feeling of high spirits, freedom of movement and a lot of joy. Whereas on asking Juhi the same question, she said the hard fabric made her feel vintage, simple and classy. 

It’s not an easy fabric to tame especially when you’re trying it for the first time but Juhi showed us what’s it like to have desi swag. She teamed the saree with her sports bra and track pants. Her gneral style is usually with a twist so this too she carried with ease to show no traditional outfit is cumbersome. We selected a monochrome pair of closed shoes instead of a casual chappal to add to the sporty and active edition. The big sunglasses and big red bindi was inspired by old photographs of stylish Bengali women.

 

After looking at Juhi pose, I never thought a Bengali traditional saree could look like this. It's always such a great idea to brainstorm with another blogger from a different city. We found a lot of cultural similarities between Ahmedabad and Kolkata, including the slow pace, sunny skies, content public and a beautiful potential in fashion and tourism. Both the cities are truly design friendly cities attracting creative minds. 

 

Bhavya Rathore from Ahmedabad captured our collaboration and here are a few happy moments put together.

This is my favourite shot of Juhi Bansal. If you're not already, then start following this diva on Insta, FB and Twitter in the name of Closet Buddies. (http://www.closetbuddies.in)

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