Wednesday, May 25, 2016

MadSamTinZin: Tales of Brok-pa

While it may come as no surprise to many, my first reaction to being faced with anything alien is to read up on it. My first tryst (virtual, of course) with the Brok-pa tribe of Ladakh almost didn't seem to end. I went from one article to another. A documentary that I tried hunting down but landed on a thesis about them instead. A whole page full of notes. I forgot that I was to plan a shoot with the garments that had been so painstakingly created by the designer powerhouses behind the label MadSamTinZin. It was as if the garments came together with the original inspiration to create a whirlpool of sorts that only seemed to take me deeper. 
Veni, vidi, vici. I came. I saw. I conquered. It almost remains unchallenged that the Brok-pa tribe is the last of the Aryan Race. Four villages. 1800 people. Sharp beautiful features. Unfettered by modernity yet inspiring any modern day Shakespeare who dare lay their eyes on them. Tales of Brok-pa brings back Alexander's lost army to the present day and age. The unexpected drapes, the surface ornamentation, the coloured thread detailing on the bodice that makes you think of tiny little flags planted all across. The collection pulls you into a world of its own. A world where beautiful coin jewellery and head gears known as the 'tepi' not only serve as pieces of ornaments but serve to ward off evil and diseases. Mountains, trees, water and flowers. It's no wonder that berry blossoms find their way on to their head and flowers are an integral part of each household. If I didn't know any better, I would say that a tiny part of my soul flitted away to this Greek paradise as soon as I donned a piece so beautifully crafted by MadSamTinZin. Far from the maddening crowd.

Photography by: Saumya and Shiva of The Open Art Project

Dress, hand harness and head gear: C/O MadSamTinZin
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Till the next creative outbreak,

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