Rectangular Mumbai: The Cloth Bags of Grant Road

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Cloth Bags of Grant Road, Mumbai

MumbaiMag is thrilled to have Gopal M S, the man behind MumbaiPaused, join us as Guest Writer. His candid street photographs capture the stark restlessness inherent to our city in the simplest, most subtle ways. This is his first blog post and we look forward to many more.

Cloth Bags of Grant Road, Mumbai
Cloth Bags of Grant Road, Mumbai

It’s amazing what we Indians have been doing forever with rectangular pieces of cloth. These images from outside Grant Road Station are a very good example of how we use them. Here, men and women who trade in metal and plastic household articles use them to carry their wares. If we look around us and even in our wardrobes, there are so many beautiful rectangular pieces of cloth that define who we are. Sarees of all types, Scarves, Dupattas, Ghamchas, Lungi, Dhoti, Turbans, traditional cradles, etc.

The reason why I clicked these images at Grant Road is because for many of us in the cities today, simple traditional habits and practices like these are becoming blind spot, even though they are colourful and useful. You could also call these cloth bags as a sustainable, cheaper and much more stylish alternative to plastic bags. This is not lost to the designers in India. Most of the designs that you see in high end stores across India are inspired by these traditional practices. And when re-designed and packaged for a more affluent audience, they become fashion.

However, for the moment, these styles are very much alive and if you look around the next time you go to a local market, you will see a hundred different examples. And don’t forget to spot the many different varieties in which rectangular pieces of cloth are used.

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Gopal M S, Guest Writer
The man behind the Mumbai Paused street photography blog where he captures the city always on the move.