Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Mogra

This is a photograph, not a painting. Called mogra in India, this type of jasmine is worn by South Indian women, tied around the hair bun. Riding on a bus in a Chennai (Madras) one is enveloped in the heady fragrance of these blooms worn by the female passengers. The garlands are tied deftly with some kind of long grass twine, and sold from baskets on street corners. Hopefully this trade will not die out as India modernises and loses many of its customs.

Saturday, November 5, 2011