Patterns in India



Ingrid and I got to Anokhi in Jaipur just ten minutes before closing time. I hoarded these amazing woodblock print fabric – in bedcovers, scarves and kaftans. But I didn’t hoard enough. When we got to Delhi we went to two Anokhi branches and both were closed. It was Independence Day and the entire city shut down.

Oh well, another reason to go back to Jaipur.









What am I going to do with all this fabric? I don’t know. I doubt I’ll wear most of them (the clothing). I was planning to reupholster an old seat with a graphic print from Anokhi. But there wasn’t enough time to peruse the home section. I really want more.

I was so inspired by the graphic prints and embellishments all over India. Here are a few that I captured.


Carved marble screens in a window at the Amber Fort.


Floral motif fresco at Amber Fort


Ceiling of Sheesh Mahal Palace in Amber Fort, made of mirrored glass mosaics.


Garden at Amber Fort


The walls of Amber Fort.


I’m not done… there’s more.


Carved louvres in the halls of Amber Fort, to protect the Emperor’s women from being seen by the guards.


Gates of the President’s Palace in Delhi.


Carved marble screens in the walkways of Amber Fort.




The Taj Mahal (it was raining, hence the water marks).


Detail of the walls of Taj Mahal with inlaid semi-precious stones.


More semi-precious stone inlays at the exterior (and interior) walls of the Taj Mahal.


Taj Mahal


Incredible colour of our welcome lei made of carnations.


Trinket box made of beads.


The Oberoi Amarvillas


Door knobs at a souvenir shop in Agra.


A red sandstone column, intricately carved. Fatehpur Sikri.

Oberoi Amarvillas’ swimming pool terrace. Beyond posh!



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