Kopila Valley took a holiday from school on the day after Christmas to recover from their big Annual Day performance, so Britt and I took advantage of the break to see the town and experience Nepali culture. The girls were impressed that we wore traditional Nepali dress (kurta surwals) on Annual Day, so we thought it was time to get our own. With the help of Hima, one of the fantastic girls we sponsor, and some of the Kopila Fellows, we set off to the market to pick out some fabric.
We were overwhelmed by walls and walls of fabric choices, but Hima stepped in to translate and help us choose (and took over as photographer – she might have a career there!).
After we made our final picks, and found matching shawls, we went for the girls’ favorite snack – chaat, which is a mixture of potatoes, chickpeas, onion, tomatoes, and a heavenly array of spices. So. Good.
The next step was a trip to the tailor to get measured for our kurta surwals to be made.
A few days later, and the results are in! The girls are incredibly impressed. Even though my hair is a bit too blonde, they think we rock the Nepali fashion. I’ve also been taught the multiple ways to wear the shawl. I’m a bit of a scarf fiend in the U.S., but these were all new to me!
How do we look?!