Growing up in New Jersey after moving from India, I felt so out of place. Others made fun of my clothes and my culture, causing me to be ashamed and hide parts of myself in order to fit in. But as I grew up, I started to understand just how beautiful South Indian culture really was and I learned to embrace who I really am. My thesis is a reflection of who I am today. I wanted to combine my South Indian roots that made me who I am, with my life in New Jersey and attending college in New York City, these contributed to how I was shaped by western culture. For the longest time I thought I had to be one or the other, but my thesis is a display of who I truly am, both South Indian and American.