Friday, November 20, 2009

netaji bhavan market

I am smitten by flowers. The colours, the perfume, the arrangement of them is a visual feast.

What is most compelling though is the garlanding ... the hand in the making. I could stand and watch for hours. Each individual flower threaded on to string or cotton, or woven with a twisting, tying and turning technique. Marigolds are sturdy, the red hibiscus for Kali are more fragile. The jasmine can be intricate. Some are threaded vertically so that they form a long line of thin white blooms, some spiral around and around, are thick and heavy.

This week I bought yellow chrysanthemums.

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