Quirk Atop Her Head

10 Apr


For some reason, Shilpa Chavan of Little Shilpa doesn’t get the kind of love she deserves. Going by her website, perhaps it’s because her real passion appears to be installation art rather than design art, but that just makes her lack of fame even more baffling to me. I mean, aren’t we all supposed to be living in the Age of Indian Art or something?

Indians playing Indians

Indians playing Indians

Snake charmer's mohawk

Snake charmer's mohawk

She’s done headpieces for virtually every Indian designer of note and quite a few fashion houses abroad as well, but it’s not the kind of thing the fashionable ladies of Delhi or Mumbai can wear to a wedding to impress their friends with, is it?

Haanji, it's a replica of the jet my husband bought for my birthday.

Haanji, it's a replica of the jet my husband bought for my birthday.

Yes, I'm from the groom's side - how could you tell?

Yes, I'm from the groom's side - how could you tell?

The extra space is for my ego.

The extra space is for my ego.

Yup, milliners have it rough in India. Mentor and UK design-artist Phillip Treacy creates “hat sculptures” for Camilla Parker-Bowles and Sarah Jessica Parker (let’s not have any equestrian-fashion jokes today – I’m feeling kind); Shilpa designs for the Miss India pageant.

And we know what those are like.

Note: Click on pics for more. Top pic links to a really good article about Indian arts-and-crafts start-ups. Tons more pics of the installations as well as the collections at the Little Shilpa website.


Posted by on April 10, 2009 in Life, Newsmakers


10 responses to “Quirk Atop Her Head

  1. pitu

    April 10, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    That’s it. I have added these worthy creations to my to-buy list. Pav, aloo, pudina, soymilk, dog biscuits, bulbs and HATS! (NOT)

  2. Filmi Girl

    April 10, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Those are fab! I love the umbrella-hat… 😉

  3. WSW

    April 11, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Lolz..where do you find these?

  4. O Henry, Intravenously

    April 11, 2009 at 1:19 am

    “Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown” or what?! 🙂

    Maybe it’s the effect of reading that other post of yours, you know the one about Greek Strength vs. Indian [politician’s] “strength,” but that mohawk pic looked (in a warped way, of course) like a mythical sea-horse “riding” Alexander the Great (whereas, in the “real” world, we know it was the other way around, and yeah, regular horse)! 🙂

    Segueing to *that* post of yours for a second, you correctly allude to the fact that The Greek proposes, politician disposes! For instance, isn’t the word “atom” derived from the Greek “atomos” for “indivisible”? The last I heard, politicians had managed to split it (to destructive end, obviously, duh)!

  5. Sachita

    April 11, 2009 at 3:23 am

    Meryl streep lectured us in devil wears prada that these things end up in the our shopping malls next season. I am dreading shopping next time.

  6. Amey

    April 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    That second photo looks like the kodak moment of two kids playing war. Or two girls using their brothers’ “swords” to play dandia, thereby completely ruining that dangerous “weapon”.

  7. Mamma Mia! Me a Mamma?!?

    April 11, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    *picks jaw up off the floor. Goes looking for her 80’s plastic earrings and bangles a la Like-A-Virgin-Madonna, after all, in ashion, anything goes!*

  8. Vidya

    April 12, 2009 at 1:13 am

    LOL! Are these for real!

    Looks like great solutions for
    a) Those bad hair days
    b) Those with big hair complexes
    c) Those trying to exercise their necks muscles to hold up head straight

  9. M

    April 13, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I want the bubble! My own personal bubble – so I can say I survived the Bubble 🙂


  10. Amrita

    April 13, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Awww, it’s just that none of it goes with a saree. Otherwise it’s totally fun. I’d actually buy that stuff. 😀

    O Henry, Intravenously – ooh, that’s a much better description of it, esp coz it’s from an exhibit titled Mumbadevi. Oh, and the politicians didn’t just split the atom, they’re busy building lots of nice bombs to blow us all up with it. Thats what they do!

    M – lolz!!!!

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