Culture & Society

Fashion in Preservation

Fashion in preservation is what little Lhasa, or Mcleodganj, nestled in the hilly arms of Himachal Pradesh, embodies. It boasts a unique retail market where the popular brands may not score high, but slot there definitely is for some niche ones. What therefore prevails is a bubbling mix of ethnicity flowing freely into change. By Kunal Majumder

Hues of red and yellow
Hues of red and yellow

Up the sharp, winding stretch leading to the Kangra valley, along a five km stretch at a height of 4,780 feet above sea level, one comes across a hub of what may be described as the ultimate in street fashion. This is the little pocket where ‘prisoners of conscience’ tailors, cheek-by-jowl with Tibetan escapees and the appointed guardians of the Tibetans-in-exile, are steeped in the craft of their land. McLeodganj in Dharamsala, also called ‘Little Lhasa’, is that patch on earth where fashion takes a new meaning from shop to shop.

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