HUNTER OR HUNTED?
People have been wearing animal skins since time immemorial, Chhabra reminds us. Before the invention of khaki and camouflage, men donned tiger pelts and bearskins to draw from their strengths and intimidate their enemies.
People have been wearing animal skins since time immemorial, Chhabra reminds us.
The hunting jacket, as a symbol of “masculinity and purposefulness,” can be viewed as another form of sympathetic magic, he says. Worn merely a fashion item, it empowers without guilt. Yet the source of its potency involves killing a living creature and transforming it into a commodity or trophy.
But Chabbra’s pieces aren’t meant to condemn the hunter outright. Rather, they enable us to recognize the “hunter in ourselves,” he says. “The aim is to create a disturbing experience that moves from aesthetics to moral [reflection],” he adds.