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Refreshing Swirls

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“Refreshing Swirls”

Anand is holding a cushion in pure linen with aari embroideries matching to the throw in the background.
(Style “Swirls”, Col. Turquoise / RED HALO – Summer 09)

Turquoise is a slightly greenish shade of cyan.
The color is based on the gem turquoise and the name comes from the French word for Turkish.

In holistic medicine, this color has a calming effect on patients and is particularly used to treat patients prone to depression, panic attacks or mania.
The turquoise’ cheerful colour is said to endow reticent personalities with more confidence.
In the ancient Persian kingdom turquoises were often worn on the turban, and often surrounded with pearls, in order to protect their wearer against the ‘evil eye’.
As talismans, they adorned daggers, sabres and the bridles of horses.
The Aztecs in Mexico used to decorate their ceremonial masks with this stone which was holy according to their beliefs.
The Indians of North America believe that the sky-blue gemstone opens up a direct connection between the sky and the sea.
At all times and over the world, turquoises have been worn as natural protection against the powers of darkness.

A turquoise is often given as a gift, a stone of friendship, it is said to be responsible for faithfulness and constancy in relationships.
Its colour makes people feel happy and cheerful, for in it the light blue of the sky and the stimulating green of the sea are combined.

This picture was shot at the upper terrace of our office in Varanasi (Benaras) with natural light.

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Dreaming on a Cushion

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Dreaming on a Cushion

 

The cushion is a very ancient article of furniture; the inventories of the contents of palaces and great houses in the early Middle Ages constantly made mention of them. 
Cushions were then often of great size, covered with leather, and firm enough to serve as a seat, but the steady tendency of all furniture has been to grow smaller with time.

Cushions were used as seats at all events in Ancient latin Europe and in the Spanish court they were still regarded as a peculiarly honourable substitute for a chair. 
In France, the right to kneel upon a cushion in church behind the king was jealously guarded and strictly regulated. 
This type of cushion was called a carreau, or squaer. 
When seats were rude and hard, cushions may have been a necessity; they are now one of the minor luxuries of life.

This cushion in pure linen has a double flap and a handed embroidery inspired by a Mughal style design, it belongs to the RED HALO collection of Summer 2009 (“Akbar” style).

Making a Sample

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Making a Sample

 

This is the making of a sample of a throw for our next collection which I shot in our workshop in Varanasi (Benaras).

Jai Prakash’s magic hand is following a drawing printed with zinc and petrol on a pure linen fabric.
He is using a cotton thread in order to make this embroidery.
This traditional artcraft, called aari embroidery, is a minute chain stitch done by a hook which is an adaptation of the cobbler’s awl, it is a very delicate and floral style of embroidery, inspired by the Mughals’ damask that they used to wear on Varanasi silk.
This is a rich heritage in India where Aari embroidery thread has existed since the XVth century.
At the Mughal courts (14 – 17th century) it was patronized and highly appreciated. 
After the Mughal Empire fell the master craftsmen scattered to other royal courts in the country. 
The word aari derives from the word ‘aar’ or the needle used for this work.

We called this design “Akbar”.
(RED HALO – Summer 2009).

Raksha to ward off evil influences

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Raksha to ward off evil influences

 

Every human being desires for supreme protection and freedom from obstacles. 
The ritual of Kankan Bandhan symbolises a divine promise for protection. 
Before any auspicious deed, a red and yellow, holy thread known as raksha (nada chhadi), is tied on the participant’s wrist, right wrist for a man and left wrist for a woman. 
The priest then prays for him : “O Bhagwan (God), protect him from obstacles and guard him from evil influences. Grant him long life and bless him with the fruits of good deeds.”
The cotton threads are always coloured red or saffron to signify the purification of flames.

I shot this picture in the little akhara (gym) which is at Scindia ghat along the Ganges and at sunrise the reflection of the sun in the holy waters allows to have a great natural light.

Manish is a young pehlwan (Indian wrestler) who comes here often before sunrise, he wanted to be in our catalogue and, among several pictures that I selected, this is a close-up of his hand.

The tablecloth in the background is from The RED HALO collection and it is made of pure linen with Aari embroidery.
Aari is a minute chain stitch done by a hook which is an adaptation of the cobbler’s awl, it is a very delicate and floral style of embroidery, influenced by Moghul designs.

Contemporary Tradition

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My photostream is showing my “ordinary life” in India, my work takes also part of this life.
This image shows a tablecloth made in our workshop in Varanasi (Benaras) with a model who is a young pehlwan (Indian wrestler) named Manish who accepted to pose for our new catalogue.
I took this picture at sunrise in January near river Ganga using the natural light from the sun which was reflecting in the holy waters.

We are working traditional artcrafts techniques with a very contemporary eye and this is what you can see on the tablecloth which is made of pure linen with Aari embroidery.
Aari is a minute chain stitch done by a hook which is an adaptation of the cobbler’s awl, it is a very delicate and floral style of embroidery, influenced by Moghul designs.
(RED HALO collection)

RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people who were living with difficulties and education to children.
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From a Mesmeric Influence

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This is a close-up of a linen throw with a two tones aari embroidery inspired by Emperor Akbar’s wife, Jodhabai.

Since last season our collections are influenced by the Mughals and the Rajputs styles on which we give a contemporary touch.
It also allows to use traditional local artcrafts technics.
(Throw style “Jodha” / RED HALO – Summer 09)

We decided that our favourite model Anand will be overpowering our new campaign.

The photo shoot took two days and I used a natural light only as we did it on the upper terrace which is at our office in Varanasi (Benaras).

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“Here Comes The Sun”

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"Here Comes The Sun"

 

Everyone is freezing today in many countries in the world and in North India as well, so here comes a picture with a song in order to warm you up…;)

“Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, 
and I say it’s all right 
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter 
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here 
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun 
and I say it’s all right 
Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces 
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been here 
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun 
and I say it’s all right 
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes… 
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes… 
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes… 
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes… 
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes… 
Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting 
Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear 
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, 
and I say it’s all right 
It’s all right ”
(“Here Comes The Sun” lyrics by The Beatles)

Cushion and Throw style “Surya”, Col. Sunflower, in pure linen.
(RED HALO – Summer 09)