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The Modern Chupa

The Nepalese and Tibetan communities in Jackson Heights mix tradition with modern to keep their heritage alive.

By Lisa Wong Macabasco

An ancient garment from the Himalayan region has gotten a modern makeover in Queens. One Nepalese immigrant in Jackson Heights has put a twist on the traditional chupa. She’s made a dress for that honors comfort and ease as much as cultural heritage. And she hopes to make life a stitch easier for the women who wear them. Lisa Wong Macabasco reports.