DOI link for Jasleen Kaur
Jasleen Kaur book
Jasleen was born in 1986, in Glasgow, one of the fourth generation of her family to live in the city. Jasleen’s great-grandfather was a pioneering migrant in Scotland, arriving in 1950, and a founding member of Glasgow’s first gurdwara. A carpenter from Ludhiana in the Punjab, in Scotland he picked up work on construction sites when he could, and also set up as a door-to-door salesman. He used his carpenter-maker skills to build a cart with which to transport his wares and successfully negotiate Glasgow’s unfamiliar terrains and craft a new life for himself. Jasleen subverts the sartorial styles of royalty – imperial power brokers of the past and symbolic of a certain view of Britain in the present – by re-clothing them according to her artistic whim, in the style and colors of the people over whom they once ruled; and in so doing also makes a wry political point about the end of the British Empire.