Thursday, June 9, 2011

Jaipur- that palace and those bangles...


Weather has been less than kind ever since we stepped foot in Jaipur on monday... with the mercury hovering around 48 degrees Celsius (118 F)..keeping us strictly indoors. Today, however, I decided to brave the heat and venture out for some business-related sourcing as well as some retail therapy...I was sensible enough to wait until six in the evening and by then a few stray drops of rain had also brought with them a faint hope of cooler weather( 'relatively' speaking)...

We drove past the 'Hawa Mahal'...the beautiful 'Palace of winds' ...on our way to my suppliers and even though I have driven past this monument countless number of times in the past it never fails to catch my eye..to me no other building in Jaipur is quite as representative of its title of the 'Pink City'...





After I was through with my meetings..I took my daughter through the numerous lanes and bylanes of the walled city to a non-descript street lined with shops teeming with bangles in every possible color...




Their narrow shelves lined with stack upon stack of gorgeous lac bangles in every hue imaginable...from the soft pastels....




To the brighter deeper pinks, blues, reds and greens...

 


Partially wrapped in old newspapers and journals to give a glimpse of the beauties while keeping the stacks together...




The rainbow colors of the bangles echoing the colored glass in the 'Hawa Mahal' jharokhas( windows) which were lit up when we drove past it again on our way back home...




Some of our spoils of the day...




Something simple and modern for me...




..and some sparklers for Meyha...afterall every little girl must have some glitter...




all images maison marigold


13 comments:

Michele at modmissy.com said...

I love to see a world so far away from mine. Beautiful, colourful, gorgeous. Thank you for sharing. Come see my world at modmissy.com

Neha @All things beautiful said...

Lovely post! Gorgeous shots of Hawa Mahal! Jaipur is one of my favorite cities to visit, when I'm in India- truly a shoppers' paradise. Loved your blue and green bangles.

Anna@MyDesignEthos said...

What an amazing looking city! I love exploring cities and finding beautiful little alleys. I remember in Morocco there were alleys just for Moroccan poufs, one for ceramic plates, one for shoes, one for spices. Those bangles are so pretty.

Kate Lewis said...

stunning. i had to do a double-take when looking at the bangles. amazing amount of wristwear. :)

meenal bishnoi said...

Neha- thankyou!!
michele- thanks..i'll be sure to visit your blog!
Anna- morocco has been on my wish-list for way too long now..i think its time to change the status!!
Kate- thankyou!! xx meenal

designchic said...

How beautiful, and I've never seen anything like those bangles...amazing!!

Marcus Design said...

Meenal, the images you took are so beautiful! And those bangles are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this :)
Nancy xo

Jules said...

what a beautiful and magical post - such lovely images! i love how all of the bangles are stacked so neatly, and partially wrapped in rolls of newspaper?! that makes the display even more interesting. would love to visit your side of the world one day :) xoxo - julie

Design Elements said...

magical 'Hawa Mahal' windows! so enjoyed seeing all this, Meenal. happy weekend!

Julie said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous architecture. Lucky you that can experience it in person. I have yet to do that.

P.S. Before wishing you a great weekend I wanted to let you know of this wonderful new series I'm starting today. Would you come a see what's about?

Style Dilettante said...

Meenal - thank you for taking me on a mini-vacation today! I long to shop those alleys and admire that architecture... MORE please!

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Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Jaipur is on my list of places I MUST visit ...some day! Exquisite bangles..always looking to add to my collection and for my girls too!
http://www.lminteriorsllc.blogspot.com

Aj said...

This blog contains a great information of Jaipur City & Lakh bangles and other Bangles. Its great and I like it

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