INDIA THROUGH THE EYES OF A WEAVER
In March 2012, I accompanied my husband to India for two weeks. We visited Jaipur, Agra, and spent a few days outside of Dehli in Gurgaon. India has a rich textile heritage of fabrics and surface design, from hand blockprinting on cotton, the origin of paisley, the sari for women and sherwani for men, embroidery and embellishment, to name a few.
As a graphic designer and weaver I photographed graphic motifs everywhere; carved and inlayed white marble or sandstone, painted and gilded walls, floor mosaics, screens, etc., as inspiration for my own handwoven textiles. I have included a few in my India Album.
• Jaipur, the Pink City, know for blockprinted cotton textiles and the Amber Fort, Chandra Mahal, and Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds.
• Agra, known for marble inlay and the Taj Mahal, Itimad-ud-Daulah's Tomb described as a "jewel box in marble" or the "Baby Taj", and Fatehpur Sikri.