The Brilliant Pink, Orange, Rose of India

Among the aspects of India to miss for a lifetime of not living there:  the uses of colour.

  Of which this astonishing combination of pinks, oranges and roses both juxtaposed, overlain on each other, or absorbed into each other! 

Everywhere eye-catching in the sunshine and in Gujerat set off by dazzling Gujerati white.

 

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 Kantha and details, late 1800s, West Bengal or Bangladesh, cotton embroidery on plain cotton weave.  Stella Kramrisch collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

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 Detail of kurta made of cotton with reverse applique, Self-Employed Women’s Association, 2010, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

 

 

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A very hot day on an Ahmedabadi street, Gujerat, 2010

 

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Saddhus at Dwarkhadish temple sacred to Lord Krishna, Dwarka, western Gujerat, 2010 

 

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 Wall painting in the hospitality quarters of the Samode haveli, Rajasthan

 

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Tray of perfumes for sale on a trolley in the Old City market in Ahmedabad, Gujerat, 2008

 

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In the Amer Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan 2010

 

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On an Ahmedabadi street, 2010 

 

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Embroidery on the leg of a salwar worn by a friend, 2010

 

 

dsc05260At a wedding, Ahmedabad, 2010 

 

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 Ghanesh at the apex of an archway in Jaipur, Rajasthan, the queen of the pink, orange, rose cities. 2010

 

Jaipur, Rajasthan, queen of the pink, orange rose cities. 2010

 

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In the great Jain complex, Palitana, Gujerat, 2010

 

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In an Ahmedabadi textile shop, 2010

 

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On an Ahmedabadi street, Gujarat, 2010

 

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A customary colour combination for saddhus.  Ahmedabad, Gujerat, 2010

 

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In Anurag, an Ahmedabadi textile shop, 2010

 

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This is actually Mark Rothko:  Untitled (Maroon Over Red), 1968, acrylic on paper mounted on linen.

 But his use of colour was as sophisticated as that of the Indians.

Oil on canvas.  Mark Rothko, 1903-1970, American. Luminous block color paintings achieved by the application of thin washes of color one on top of the other.

  Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia

 

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Nandi, temple of Lord Shiva off CG Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

 

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A temple dedicated to Lord Shiva just off CG Street,  Ahmedabad, Gujerat

 

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Bougainvillea, Ahmedabad, Gujerat, 2010

 

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 A representation of Ghanesh on hand-made paper, Ahmedabad, Gujerat

 

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Shopping at the market at the Bhadra Fort, Ahmedabad, Gujerat, 2008

 

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Lychees in the main market, Ahmedabad, Gujerat, 2010

 

 

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 A kurta embellished with handblock which has been overembroidered with mirror work and various kinds of hand stitches.  Made by the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Ahmedabad, Gujerat, 2008

 

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A rural street scene between Sanganer and Samode, Rajasthan, 2010

 

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 A customary colour combination for sadhus.   Near the Triple Gate in the old city, Ahmedabad, Gujerat, 2010

 

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On an Ahmedabadi street, 2010

 

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 A look through the front door of Anokhi’s anchor store.  This is a business which revived expert handblock embellishment of cotton and silk.  Jaipur, Rajasthan

 

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A traveler at the Indian Rail station, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 2010

 

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In a shop in Ahmedabad, Gujerat in time for the birthday of Ganesha, 2010

 

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On an Ahmedabadi street, 2010

 

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In a shop in Ahmeabad, Gujerat, 2010 

 

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Cotton bed coverlet made and embellished with applique by members of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in Ahmedabad, Gujerat, 2010

 

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On an Ahmedabadi street, 2008

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Ritual paraphernalia for sale at the Sunday market on the Sabarmati river, Ahmedabad, 2008

 

 

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 An orange-pink rose by any other name, Ahmedabad, Gujerat, 2010

 

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 Silk on silk embroidery made by members of the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), Ahmedabad, Gujerat, 2008

 

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On an Ahmedabadi street, Gujerat, 2010

 

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On an Ahmedabadi street, 2010

 

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On a railway platform at the station in Ahmedabad, Gujerat, 2010.

 

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 A shop on an Ahmedabadi street, 2010

 

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On an Ahmedabadi street, 2008

 

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On an Ahmedabadi street, Gujarat, 2010

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On an Ahmedabadi street, 2010

 

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In a textile shop in Sanganer, Rajasthan, 2010

 

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In a shop in Jaipur, Rajasthan, 2010

 

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 A shop within the compound of the Amer Fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan, 2010

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