City Love

2:34 PM

Try and look past the grime and the soot and you will find much that is rewarding in Kolkata.
In a world where cultures must integrate, Bengalis have been able to build one of our most attractive and open cultures. Walking on the streets of Belgachia, North Kolkata which is known for its industries and its ruins, there's a lot of history that one might be able to get hold of. There is history on Kolkata’s roads, and one will only come to see it if they are shown it—the homes of Tagore and Vivekananda, Victoria Memorial and the lovely British-built areas around Park Street.

Kolkata actually has the finest infrastructure. Options for getting around the city include a Metro, local trains, taxis, trams (not found anywhere in India) and hand-pulled rickshaws (not found anywhere in the world).
Try walking your way around the city amidst the busy roads because it has footpaths, something supposedly urban centres don’t have. It is a surprise (for me, coming from Delhi) that Kolkata’s taxis run on metered fare, unlike in most of India. People are lazy and slow but the city has its own charm of asking you to let loose till the time you stay. Perhaps the people don't really know how to make money in office, but their open-mindedness is deliberate and comes from within. The city of Kolkata is Britain’s gift to Bengal, a one-city state with culture being its priceless assest.

Kolkata has excellent places to eat and drink. Meat is served, and alcohol is freely available. Bengalis don’t have the fake morality of some of our other cultures. I always enjoy visiting Kolkata, even if by the third day of looking at the happy yellow taxis and the chaos on the streets and the lazy people trying to begin their day,tempts me to stay back forever, houses with red-oxide floors and sleepy green-shuttered windows, the spacious porches on the ground floor with their intricate cornices, elaborate wrought-iron grills and open terraces, the city in its truest form is the city of joy!

On this auspicious day, "Shubho Noboborsho" (New Year for Bengalis), it only made sense we take Mati by Fatima K Punjaabi back to where it started from. The first few collections by the brand came from the city Kolkata where they sourced some images from some very talented street photographers and made the beautiful theme of Haathrikshaw and Maa Durga. The tote bag with the Haathrikshaw image, that can still be found in some parts of Kolkata will always take you back to the city of joy.
With the idea of bringing vintage India in the most unique and contemporary form of rich colors, prints and embroidery, Mati which means Soil in Hindi and accordingly signifies creation and growth, aims at sourcing similar hidden beauties of India and blend it perfectly with contemporary interpretations in design, material and craftsmanship. The very versatile dress with drapes on one side and a free fall on the other, this Mati dress is perfect for the scorching summer.


Wearing:  Mati dress and tote, Skating Duck sneakers, Accessorize silver statement neck piece, Not so serious by Pallavi Mohan Brooch.
Photography by Darshana Banthia | Styling, Modelling by Devyani Kapoor | Creative direction by Devyani Kapoor and Sameer Sewak 

Disclaimer : We do not endorse any political ideology or party. Any symbols used in pictures are for aesthetic or creative purposes. 

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