MY CULTURE, MY STYLE, ME 🇬🇾
Hello, hello, hello (Kes Voice)! Welcome back to my blog. What have you been up to? I’ve been taking a bit of a break over the Summer to work on projects and spend time with my family visiting from back home and now I’m getting back into the full swing of things and hope to be sharing more.
As many of you know, home for me is Guyana 🇬🇾 but did you know I was actually born in Brooklyn and moved back to Guyana as a 6 month old baby? Well you learn something new everyday, haha! I didn’t return to Brooklyn until I was ready for college and literally had to prove to the Embassy that I was the baby in the passport when I went to renew it. Travelling back to the US as a teen was my first time on a plane (outside of being a baby) and by myself!
Before embarking on my journey, I was told I’d experience culture shock and was given all kinds of tips to cope but truth be told I arrived and it was like I had lived here already. Yes, logistics were different but I believe my diverse background from Guyana as well as an inquisitive mind allowed me to be open to new experiences. I also think living in Bed-Stuy with my big brother was helpful because the area was diverse with Caribbean folks all around.
My culture & heritage as many of you know are intrinsic to my identity and pervades my aesthetic in all areas including decor & style which are outward expressions of who I am, where I come from and where I'm going.
Today, I’m sharing this look (shot in Panama) that highlights aspects of my Indo-Guyanese ethnicity. For some historical context, East Indians were brought to Guyana in 1838 as indentured laborers and now Indo/Indian-Guyanese are the largest ethnic group in Guyana followed by Afro/African-Guyanese.
My great-grandmother was of Indian descent and while I never met her, I’ve heard stories about her from both my Mom & Grandmother. She was described as Madras Indian and my mom actually has a family heirloom in the form of gold jewelry that was passed down by my great-grandmother to my grandmother to my mom. Every time I see it, I can’t help but to wonder about what she was like, what she looked like and I truly wish I could’ve met her.
I grew up wearing traditional Indian attire to special functions especially Indian weddings and my favorite part of getting dressed besides having my Sari wrapped was adorning myself in the bold and beautiful costume jewelry. I love how the gold dazzles and for this outfit I decide to highlight those accessories while styling my paperbag waist shorts and vintage floral print balloon sleeve top.
I decided to rock a pair of gold and pearl jhumka earrings along with stacks of colorful, jeweled Indian bangles. I just love the jingling sound bracelets make when they hit against each other. They make me want to dance to Chaiyya Chaiyya and you’ll definitely hear me coming before you see me.
My fan is custom designed and made by me with a feathered golden Peacock. As a fun fact, the Peacock is one on India’s national symbols representing grace, joy, beauty and love. I actually damaged my fan during travels so I’ll be re-making it and sharing on the blog if you’re interested.
I hope you enjoyed today’s post and learned a bit more about my Guyanese background. Be sure to check out my other culture/style post’s here and feel free to share a bit about yourself as well as your culture with me in the comments. I love learning about you as well!
p.s. If you’d like to get yourself some pretty Indian costume jewelry be sure to check out my picks available in my Amazon Shop