THIS COLLECTION TELLS THE STORY OF THE UNUSUAL FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN A NEPALESE LIVING GODDESS AND TWO GIRLS FROM ABROAD.
Maya and Laxmi, two little sisters, moved to Kathmandu from abroad in the 1980s to live in a house situated near a temple where a living goddess stayed, always dressed in red.
Very soon they became fascinated by Kumari, the living goddess, who happened to be a little Nepalese girl almost their age. They began making daily visits to Kumari, and like most other people, they could only see her from a lower floor when she appeared at a window.
But one day Kumari threw a ball to them and they threw it back. It was the beginning of a unique friendship. The three girls started playing with the ball every day, and soon it wasn’t only the ball: Maya and Laxmi started throwing sweets, toys and other things to the living goddess and she started throwing down to them the offerings of the many visitors who came to see her.
But one day the two girls didn’t show up. Then Kumari found out that they had suddenly left the country and that she would probably never see them again.Years passed.
Many years later, Maya who was married and living in Japan, went back to Nepal hoping to see the girl in red from her childhood once again. She walked into a courtyard where there was a feast being held, and there she was.
Her name was Rashmila. She wasn’t the girl in red anymore but the two young women recognized each other at once. Now they could be close to each other all the time and talk about the influence they had had on each other’s childhood as well as talking girl talk, just like other girls.Shop this collection
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photographer: John Healey
Film : Kore Kamino
models: Menuka, Ishwari, Neha
location: Patan, Nepal (although the story took place in Kathmandu, the photographs have been taken in the neighbouring city for logistical reasons)