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Thai Silk

20 Mar

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Roles of silk fabric at Jim Thompson.

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Ikat silk at Old Siam Market

So DH and I went on holiday to Bangkok… and I just happened to see lots of Thai silk. Yeah, quite the serendipitous coincidence. Here are my best textile photos of the trip – I hope you enjoy!

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Flat folds of Thai Silk at Old Siam Market

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More ikat with interesting stripe embellishments

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Taj Mahal

3 Oct

I had the opportunity to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra when I was in India a few weeks back.

True to everything I’d heard, it’s an absolutely beautiful building, and well-worth the bumpy five hour drive to Agra.

I found lots of design inspiration in the carvings, inlays, and even the floor tiles, and wanted to share these images with you. I hope you enjoy them!

Malachite and carnelian inlays, exterior wall

Detail of former lotus pond

Marble carving with dangling earring motif. The queen entombed in the Taj Mahal was famous for her collection of and love for earrings.

Floor tiles

bas relief, interior wall

Bas relief with dangling earring motif (center bottom of image)

Happy Belly in Delhi

12 Sep

This is my last day in Delhi, and I have yet to eat anything that was not amazing. Today I’m sharing culinary highlights, and a few recommendations.

The first place I went was Delhi Haat. They have more than 15 food stalls, each representing cuisine from India’s various states. I had papadums and parathas stuffed with paneer (cheese), plus raita and various sauces. Amazing!

Delhi Haat apparently gets really crowded on the weekends, but was nearly empty when I went mid-day on a Wednesday.

The most unexpected thing I ate was spicy tapioca. There was a lot of lime-leaf involved, so this had a great citrusy flavor.

I also indulged my love of street food at Central Market in Lajpat Nagar. Lentil fritters with grated radish and a green herb I couldn’t identify, and chole (spicy chickpeas) and fry bread.

The best and least photogenic meal (sorry, no picture) was at Karim’s. They have a number of locations, but the one near Chandni Chowk had great atmosphere. The butter chicken was heavenly, and the biryani was spectacular. If you’re in Delhi, Karim’s is not to be missed.

I visited the spice market in Chandni Chowk and got up close and personal with with elements behind the amazing flavors in Indian cuisine, including nutmeg flowers, which I’d never seen before.

I’m bringing a number of different spices home, and hoping to recreate some of these meals.

I’ll let you know how it goes!