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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14 comments:

  1. What a pretty vignette, Sujatha...love the teapot.

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  2. your setting looks lovely, sujatha:) i esp. love the pretty linens. have a great weekend!

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  3. I love how the colors "pop" against the brown in the background. Very pretty.

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  4. Such a lovely and serene setting. Thank you for sharing the information on the making of the Pattamandi...so interesting! Love this post!
    melinda

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  5. Your china is beautiful and those napkins are really lovely. I enjoyed reading the information about the mats. I have always been interested in learning about other cultures and have been fortunate enough to have had two friends from India who have taught me a great deal about their country. I, also, have read quite a few books about India, but I will never learn everything! Thanks for sharing this new (to me!) information.

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  6. Truly authentic. Apt to say-" anchored to the past but distinctly original".

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  7. Hi lovely lady.
    I have been looking at all your beautiful post, this one is lovely with the brown leafs as a background for your Tea Time, you did a beautiful job putting this all together. Im your newest follower on your blog now hope you also come join me also. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my new Tablescape " La Chef " I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
    XXOO Diane

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  8. What a lovely tea set, the linens are so pretty!
    Don't forget the St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl on Mar. 13th at Cuisine Kathleen's!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

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  9. Very beautiful tea set and vignette you have created! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven to say hi.
    xo,
    Lisa

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  10. Your dishes are beautiful and I love both settings. Your outdoor setting and indoor and also with the candles...all so pretty!
    Thanks so much for visiting and for your sweet comments!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  11. Look at this gorgeous post, my friend..I love your pretty dishes, the teapot and cups. You are so artistic Sujatha, you have a very unique and exotic-elegance for creating your tablescapes and this one is no exception. Beautiful. Thank you for dropping by, I so appreciate it! Have a lovely week.
    FABBY

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  12. Fabulous pictures, I love the candelight. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  13. I love the natural elements and the relaxing atmosphere of your tea...Christine

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