Mannequins Above Kathmandu

KATHMANDU, Nepal — It’s not as if I set out looking for mannequins as I walked the streets of Kathmandu. Yet there they were, appearing from second-story perches or hanging from a utility line, showing off the latest local fashions — either updated versions of the traditional sari, or more modern wear nevertheless influenced by Nepalese aesthetic.

robertpalmer-addicted-to-loveCuriously, some of the mannequins also sported short, stylish hairdos that reminded me of a girl band, much like the one in the video for Robert Palmer’s “Addicted to Love.”

Come to think of it, I’m not sure that girl band wasn’t composed of mannequins. Just look at them!

My window shopping also yielded a vision of some creepy dolls, dressed in warm clothing, with blonde hair and long, flowing locks. (It reminded me of the Cabbage Patch-like dolls in Varanasi, India.)

I’m sure no nightmares will result.

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Mannequins above the Kamdhenu Sarree Show Room in Kathmandu, Nepal. At top, four mannequins show off saris. (Photos by Bruno J. Navarro)
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Another set of mannequins show off the latest sari styles in Kathmandu.
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Not technically mannequins, these dolls nevertheless made an impression.

 

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