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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