Chai shop wallah Soma modeling Ajai Tailor made Paragon Hindi banner pant

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I brought a fishermen pant as a sample for size and pattern, then we discussed how to cut out a the various parts keeping the fonts and colored print streaming.

The result was a one-of-a-kind pant. Today, after 2 years worth of backpacking India, I know it was also an out-of-space outfit around such rural traditional town.

'It's good to walk in them' was printed in Hindi along one leg with a pointing hand that eventually came to rest crotch-level.

The price: 60 Rupees ($1.5 of the day)

That pant literally didn't keep it's word and after a few laundry cycles was eroded and bleached out. The heavy and coarse cloth was also not very suitable to the tropical heat and not to the string bounded nature of the fishermen pant concept (it sometimes slid open...)

But the memory of that first project was a vivid, cross cultural experience that would drive me to many more attempts to bring to life future ideas.

In this photo neighboring Chai shop wallha, Soma, is modeling the finished Paragon made banner pant by Ajai tailor (on his right)

In the story Dream weavers.

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