Back in February some of you mightrecall that I experienced India for the first time in my life on a brief but compelling trip courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum.  The sole reason was to discover the roots, the craft and the tradition of the textiles that will feature in V&A’s upcoming exhibition The Fabric of India as part of their India Festival in October.  On a three day trip to Delhi and Jaipur, we saw a LOT – so much so that despite losing one SD card containing photographs from one half of the trip – I still have enough images and content to split up into a series of posts, which I’ll be publishing in a sort of loose countdown to October 3rd when The Fabric of India opens.  First up is the thing that everyone said would completely slay me if I ever came to India – yup, it’s those colours.  The abundance of all shades.  Everywhere you looked and made all the brighter and vivid in the pink-hued sunlight that washes over Jaipur in particular.  There is no fear or polite convention when it comes to the use of colour.  It bursts over everywhere you go and there’s no sheepish or apologetic stance to go with it, as it might do in the West.  It’s not considered “outlandish” or “wild” to have yellows, pinks, greens, blues and reds mixed into one entity be it an outfit, a house or a moving vehicle.

It was in Jaipur, where I took the most photographs.  It was hard not to snap everything and anything.  The buildings that from afar look like a jumbled up abstract painting.  The rickshaws and tuk tuks adorned with trinkets and kitsch.  The faded typography.  All manner of paper and textile paraphernalia sold in the markets that incited squeals of “Ooohs” and “Aaahhs” from us bumbling tourists.  It was just as well that Fabric of India was the primary agenda of our trip.  It became all too easy to see how Indian culture expresses itself through colour and how it is intrinsically interwoven into daily life.  Seeing smidges of colour outside of our formalised agenda was one way of seeing how those exhibiting textiles pieces relate to reality.  I’ll be going into more thorough detail about the exhibition with upcoming Fabric of India posts.  For now, allow the colours to do the talking…

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Comments (12)

  1. […] Fabric of India: Colours […]

  2. Ellie Ramsay says:

    I absolutely love the strong and deep colours they have throughout asia! I love that the colours are always very bright and never understated x
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  3. tinny says:

    through the photo of the alley hallway it occured to me, i wonder what india smells like.

  4. winnie says:

    Oh the colours are so bright and colourful! I love how colour is part of the culture in India and their beautiful fabrics. I’m often on the bus and theres a street that my bus passes full of Asian dress shops and I am always taking in the wonderful bright and shimmering colours in the windows of the shops! The V&A exhibition sounds like one not to miss. I’ll have to make a note and visit it when it opens!

  5. Sarah Parham says:

    Dear Susie,
    We have been travelling back and forth to India over the past 6 years and Jaipur is dear to our hearts. It’s where our ethical jewellery brand came to life, it’s where we are making positive change. The colours and people are just so inspiring. It’s an amazing city and if you need more photos we will only be too glad to share our colourful experiences.
    Can’t wait for the exhibition.
    Best wishes
    Sarah

  6. SilverEdit says:

    My colour and texture fix…

  7. Carine says:

    Thanks for sharing these breathtaking pictures from one of my favourite places on Earth – India, land of colours!
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  8. victoria says:

    Wow so much colour, I would love to go to india

  9. Barbara says:

    I’m a very first time on your blog and I’m absolutely thrilled to see post about Jaipur on the homepage! I’ve been here for nearly 3 years and definitely it is a charming place, I have even started my own brand Kannbar inspired by the traditional art form of India. Hope you enjoyed your staying here! 🙂

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