Thursday, December 18

Blogger's Choice - Gold - Roy G Biv 2014

For the final installment of Roy G Biv 2014 it's blogger's choice and I've chosen Gold.
Indians can't seem to get enough of gold.
The latest trend is painting temple vimanas or towers in gold paint.

Interesting imagery here. Let me tell you about the figures in this picture. Left to right we have Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of Wealth, then there's a man holding a jackfruit on his head. In the center is the elephant headed God Ganesha and at his feet the little creature is the mouse. The mouse is Ganesha's vahan or vehicle. Next is a man carrying a huge bunch of bananas and on the extreme right is Goddess Saraswati or the Goddess of Knowledge.
 We Indians love gold, the precious metal and buying gold jewellery is a national obsession. Huge hoardings advertising gold jewellery are placed strategically on the highways.
From the day a girl child is born her parents will start collecting gold jewellery for her wedding and yes a traditional Indian bride will wear as much gold jewellery  as the model in the hoarding at times more.There's a piece of jewellery  to adorn every part of the human body.
Gold is wealth and gold is considered a good investment. Gold threads or zari is woven into sarees  and traditional cotton and silk clothing for men and women is almost always embellished with gold either woven or embroidered because along with a love for gold is the love for adornment and decoration. 

Crystal chandelier with gold shades at an antique shop. 

Gold lettering.

It's been an exciting year looking for colour, have to thank Julie and Jennifer for running this challenge. This month you get to see pictures of a particular colour each participant has chosen. Go over to Julie's or Jennifer's blogs to view the choices.  

Have a wonderful weekend. Everybody must be busy with the holiday season. Wishing everybody a season of good cheer, peace and happiness.

Monday, December 1

My World - a throw

The seasons have changed once more and it's winter once more in the Indian subcontinent. It's a delicious time when there's a nip in the early mornings and late evenings and the sun is warm without burning you. 
It's also the time I like to pull out a throw to snuggle under when I watch television in the night or take a nap in the afternoon.
There's this lightweight soft twill throw which I brought home a couple of years back and I've begun embellishing it.  
Inspired by Jude's Coma Cloth. My World is a work in progress. I've taken to appliqueing bits and pieces onto the throw while I snuggle under it. So it's going to take a while because I need a throw only for the next three months, by the end of March layers will be discarded and My World will go back into storage until the weather turns cool again.

On one side of the throw I've appliqued a border taken from a sarong which was converted into a top. The sarong has a simulated batik print. Another batik simulated sarong had blue flowers which found a place on the throw as well.  
My tailor has interesting scraps of printed fabric. There are two bits of floral prints waiting to be appliqued onto My World.I'm on the lookout for prints of elephants, autos, trucks or a line or quote in an Indian language.

I've put a wreath on the apartment door to mark the start of Advent. The Christmas tree  will be put up and decorated next weekend. What are you doing to get into the festive spirit.?
The Winter Sampler has been completed, will have a picture to show in an upcoming post.
Have a good week.

Thursday, November 20

Brown - Roy G Biv 2014

November and we're looking for brown.
Here's what I found. 
Elephant moving fallen trees in a very dry Mudumalai Tiger Reserve before the monsoons.  

When the oil got too hot in the wok one evening, a brown flower started blooming. 
 Someone was painting with brown paint at this table.
A scrumptious chocolate mousse.
Student's work on the walls at The National Institute of Fashion Technology, Bangalore where I teach.

To see what other people have gathered check Julie's and Jennifer's blogs.

Saturday, November 15

Winter Sampler

It's that time of year when friends and family are baking fruit cakes for Christmas. Every year I say I'll bake one too but it looks like 2014 will not be the year I bake my first fruit cake instead I've started on this winter sampler.
It's all red cross stitch on cotton fabric, thought it looked all Christmasy . The pattern for the Winter Sampler is a free pattern from Leisure Arts. They have suggestions of using the different motifs in the sampler on other products like a napkin ring, table runner and a candle band.

Have a good weekend. Busy couple of week ahead with the semester coming to an end.Curriculum to be completed and assignments to be marked.
Will have to wait for December to get started on projects which have been marinating.

Thursday, October 23

The patchwork tunic

 The first garment I've made - all natural dyed pieces of cotton fabric. Dyed with rust and tea in my kitchen. Then pieced together by hand.
This is the front of the garment.
The patches overlapped each other along the edges and I stitched through both layers with chain stitch.
 The back of the garment.
Detail of the rust and tea dye. 
I spent time with my family last week and got to photograph the patchwork tunic in my mother's lush tropical garden.
I'm planning a small collection of hand stitched and natural dyed garments. I hope to find a gallery which will be interested in showing.

Happy Diwali to all those celebrating. Wishing everyone an abundance of health, happiness and prosperity in the new year.  

Thursday, October 16

White - Roy G Biv 2014

It's that time of the month when Roy G Biv rolls around and this month its white that's being showcased.
Thermocol packaging stacked against a wall.
Stairway to heaven. A little shrine on the way to our home in the Nilgiris. Built on a large rocky outcrop the stairs are painted white and the artist must have imagined the rock to be the night sky because there are stars painted at random on the black granite.  
Bringing in the catch. On Bandar beach in Andhra Pradesh.
In South India rice is the staple food and rice is the basic ingredient for a number of typical south indian dishes. In the picture above taken in One Town, Vijayawada, a man is frying the snack, Punagulu. One large container holds the white rice batter. A wok holds hot oil into which he puts small quantities of batter which are fried until a pale cream. Then they are removed from the hot oil with the large sieve like spoon resting in the battered looking colander like container. The Punagulu are fried a second time to make them crisp and irresistible. 
White bougainvillea.
To finish off I have a picture of a chocolate dessert platter which I really enjoyed.

Julie and Jennifer will have links on their blogs which will take you on a discovery of white.

Two colours to go before the end of the year. You could decide to play along in which case
November 20 will showcase Brown and
December 18 will be Blogger's Choice.