The Dorjeeling Bridge connects the small village of Dorjeeling to the small town of Menchukha in Arunachal Pradesh. Bridges are vital in this part of the country because the rivers are constantly overflowing due to perennial rain fall. This bridge is built over the Yargap Chu ( “Chu” means “river” ). Comfortable clothing from the newly launched Nicobar was perfect for this #EyesForDestinations journey to Arunachal Pradesh. Made of 100% cotton, easy to wear and layer, for the colder climate, the greys accompanied the beautiful clouds and the tangerine added a glow to my face. I felt like, “Helloooooooooo SUNSHINE!” all the time.
Arunachal Pradesh’s textures, layers of green and details of rocks, soil, plants, insects and flowers, complimented the minimal, simple and good design of the travel wear from Nicobar. After having thoroughly enjoyed the brand’s launch in New Delhi, I was even more encouraged to collaborate with them and create something befitting the brand’s ethos. Nicobar’s tagline is “A journey across the Indian Ocean”. I gave it my own interpretation by taking it for a journey across the Indian North East. Even though I was wearing a modern style of clothing, I did not look out of place in the remote areas of Menchukha, Dorjeeling and even Yorlung, which is merely 20 kilometres from the Line of Actual Control between India and China.
During warmer parts of my journey, I wore the shirt dress / Shubui Tunic as-is on its own. Mainly on the flight back from hot and humid Dibrugarh in Assam to the even hotter but dry New Delhi.
In the second-to-last photograph above, you see a small red insect. This is the Trombidiidae, locally known as “Indian Viagra”. It’s a small, red, velvety mite belonging to the Arachnid family and is used in local Indian medicine to treat paralysis and is also, allegedly, thought to increase sexual desire. They are also known as Red Velvet Mites and Rain Bugs.
Jacket ( Dorimo Overlay ) + Shirt Dress ( Shibui Tunic ) + Trousers ( Jinan Trousers ) + Yellow Scarf ( Primavera in Tangerine ) by Nicobar ( Nicobar Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter )
Photographs of Naina by Brig. V. P. Singh; Post-Production + Styling + Curation + Creative Direction + Landscape & Details’ Photography by Naina Redhu. ( Leather bucket bag by Vitasta; Shoes by Skechers, Blue scarf by Abraham & Thakore. )