Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
i am still looking for costumes...so this is just in between working, researching for costumes, catching up with friends..cya.
Monday, September 15, 2008
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Friday, September 12, 2008
Punjab (From Persian-meaning Land of Five Rivers) has a long history and rich cultural heritage.The area that is now known as the Greater Punjab was a location comprised of vast territories of eastern Pakistan and northern western India. It comprised, in its original sense, regions extending from Swat/Kabul in the west Delhi in the east i.e the area including parts of Afganistan and the plains up to the Ganges. It was a centre of the prehistoric Indus Valley civilization and after c. 1500 BCE the site of early Aryan settlements. The region, populated by Indo- Aryan speaking peoples, has been ruled by many different empires and ethnic groups, including Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, ancient Macedonins, Persians, Arabs, Turks, Mughals, Afgans, Balochis, Sikhs and British.
In 1947, it was partitioned between British India's successor states with the bulk (4 out of the 5 rivers) going to Pakistan and the remaining river was alloted to India.
The Pakistani Punjab now comprises the majority of the region together with the Hazara region of the North-West Frontier Province and Azad Kashmir. The Indian Punjab has been further sub-divided into the modern Indian states of Punjab Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi (my home). Besides the Indian Punjab, the region also includes the areas of Jammu region and Himachal and Haryana states of India that were created out of East Punjab in 1966. Punjabi is spoken by 92.2% of the population in Indian Punjab. The capital city of undivided Punjab was Lahore, which now sits close to the partition line as the capital of West Punjab. Indian Punjab has as its capital the city of Chandigarh. Indian Punjab uses the Gurmukhi script, while Pakistani Punjab uses the Shahmukhi script.
i can go on and on (thanks to wikipedia) there is so much more i wish to share about Punjab here, as this is where i come from and to a great extent it makes me (if you would like to read more you can here).
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women performing the folk songs and dances, Punjabi Giddha.the traditional punjabi female attire consists of a salwar(stitched drawstrings)/ghaghra(long skirt) along with a long tunic like shirt called the kameez and a duppatta that is used to cover the head but now mostly rests on the shoulders. so this is how i got talking about Punjab as i wanted to do a post on the costumes and textiles of india. what better than to start with textiles that come from my community?
the term Phulkari literally means flower-phul kari-work. some say that this kind of embroidery came to us from Persia where it is called Gulkari (again Gul meaning flowers). the thread used is untwisted silk filament yarn with mostly geometric shapes depicting everyday life, gardens in bloom etc. using the darn stitch. the fully covered patterns are called Bagh (garden).
P.S. click on John Robshaw on you right (under My Favourite Sites) for stunning examples of contemporary Phulkari used in bed linen!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
thats them in the picture above!
its a wonderful looking store (as i can see from the website) and they have some great home linen.
Do check out the website for more pictures. its always so encouraging to see people i have known doing what they do best :) congrats S&S!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
all images in this post are from the same.
below is a set of 4 mixing bowls made from recycled melamine exclusive and patented and available on amazon for $29.isn't this a great idea? this image had me in splits for the longest time! its a fantastic way of recycling worn off shoes and extremely funny! if i were to make these out of my boyfriend's shoes though i think the poor birds will die of all the odour..tsk tsk.
now if i make them out of sexy high heals in bright shades...that would make a statement house for the sparrows!:)
Monday, September 1, 2008
Text via : reviewingbooksandmovies.blogspot.com
Gabbeh or Gabbe is a traditional variety of Persian carpet.
A gabbe is a triple hand-knotted carpet/floor mat, crafted almost exclusively by women from Qashqai and some other tribes in southwestern Iran. This kind of carpet is much thicker and coarser than other Persian carpets; sometimes it is as much as one inch in depth. In fact, it is more of a variety of kilim than carpet.