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Editor | Rajan Sami

salon Cultural stimulus for the curious mind

Photos by Sandhya Dusk Nand for Dusk Devi Vision

Colour Story Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s 90s-era model-turned-photographer Sandhya (Dusk) Nand in a series of high-octane selfportraits featuring colourful caftans by Zelda Thomas, her one-time catwalk partner in crime. Shot on Denarau post Style Fiji (the charity fashion benefit for Nadi Hospital) in early December. | Page 36

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Seeing Double Zelda Thomas never met a sari she didn’t like. “I love colour,” she professes, when talking about Exotica, her easy-going line of caftans and loungewear in saturated hues, made from traditional Indian and other outré fabrics. “If it looks ethnic, exotic and unusual, then I like it,” says the one-time model turned designer, adding: “But I wear mostly black myself.” n RS

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“One size fits a few.” Thomas first started (then shelved) Exotica some 10 years ago with sarongs and scarves made from saris for the tourism market. “I wanted to show we have other cultures here in Fiji,” she says, returning to the idea after working on the inaugural Style Fiji event in 2011. “I was interested in covering the tourist. They fiddle and fumble with the sulu and it’s always falling down; with the caftan it’s easy.” And unlike many of the current generation of Fiji designers, she sews the limited-edition line herself. “All the women in my family sew – my grandmother, my mother, my aunts,” she says. “I come from a family where we sewed our own stuff.” Up next, Thomas is looking at textile design, drawing inspiration from under the sea, saying: “It will make the line more original.” n RS n Pieces range from $25 to $300. Available at Aladdin’s Cave in Suva. www.cavefiji.com December 2012

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