Thursday, 28 February 2013

Mat Finished Teascape

It's beautiful to see the tropical Almond tree early in spring, when  it's long pointed leaves curl and turn pink and orange before falling to the ground. The fallen dried leaves on the ground look beautiful too. I admire this and it inspired me to do a tea scape by collecting the leaves from our compound.. It's always a wonderful feeling to get associated with natures beauty.

Sometimes, using a mat on the floor to have tea or coffee, is so relaxing, whether inside the house or in the garden. I have used two different colored mats here for the scapes. The  mats here are similar to the mats made from papyrus leaf and grass grown on the banks of the river Nile. These mats are world famous as well, as they are crafted out of the 'Korai' grass (Marsh Reed plant) which grows along the river 'Thambarabarni' which flows through the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. The mats are called as 'Pattamadi' mats as they are weaved in a village called Pattamadi. They are fexible and soft and used for various purpose. Traditional colours like Red, Green, Blue, and Black are used for weaving the mats. The success of this mat weaving technique is a closely guarded trade secret among the Muslim community of the place Pattamadi. Every Tamil family will be familier with this mat and may have one at home.

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Friday, 15 February 2013

Scent of Love - Valentine's Day Special

Hi everybody :) Hope you'll had a grand and great Valentine's Day celebration. It's fabulous to see the beautiful Valentine' Day table settings in many blogs. As I decided to do a scape and shoot for Valentine's, the first thought which occurred to me, was it ought to be done in the evening under the stars of twilight.

Perhaps after all, Romance does comes alive and the heart does obey the setting. When the first stars of the night fall come out & we look upon the moon, among the colorful flowers, the heavy scents of candles lit around & soft music playing.... Of course it is time to sit down by the beauty and unfold the love. 

Love is the colour of the sky just before the sun set. It is all around us and everyday in our lives. Love is a a feeling of belonging...

It is the true season of Love when we know that we alone can love, that no one could ever have loved before us, and that no  one will ever Love in the same way after us.

  - Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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