Ancient dancers carved in Chola temple in Southern India. Will last far longer than Gangman Style ever will! Image credit: anandkrish16, 123RF Stock Photo. Click through to blog post to learn more about the patterns of the Chola empire.

Ancient dancers carved in Chola temple in Southern India. Will last far longer than Gangman Style ever will! Image credit: anandkrish16, 123RF Stock Photo. Click through to blog post to learn more about the patterns of the Chola empire.

Ancient impressions in sandstone at Fatehpur Sikri in India. Image credit: meinzahn of 123RF stock photo.

Ancient impressions in sandstone at Fatehpur Sikri in India. Image credit: meinzahn of 123RF stock photo.

Southeast and South Asia sculptures at the Chicago Institute of Art

Southeast and South Asia sculptures at the Chicago Institute of Art

Southeast and South Asia art at the Chicago Institute of Arts

Southeast and South Asia art at the Chicago Institute of Arts

Nagaland textile

Nagaland textile

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Madeline Weinrib fabrics covering chair. Gorgeous!

Madeline Weinrib fabrics covering chair. Gorgeous!

India Blues and Greens

India Blues and Greens

Glorious! By photographer Tobias Harvey

Glorious! By photographer Tobias Harvey

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So many treasures can be found in the antique and vintage shops in Kochi, India. I love shopping there. 

So many treasures can be found in the antique and vintage shops in Kochi, India. I love shopping there. 

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Beautiful.

Beautiful.

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Ring on the temple bells …

Ring on the temple bells …

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A moodboard for decorating the foyer of our India apartment.

A moodboard for decorating the foyer of our India apartment.

What do you think this beautiful textile is embroidered with? Three guesses …
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Answer: Beetle wings! Yes! It’s amazing. If you don’t believe it, click to see close-up detail.
Very skilled hands at the Hobart School for Mussulman Girls in Madras used zardozi and the wings of Jewel Beetles to create this piece which was then shipped to England in 1882.

What do you think this beautiful textile is embroidered with? Three guesses …

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Answer: Beetle wings! Yes! It’s amazing. If you don’t believe it, click to see close-up detail.

Very skilled hands at the Hobart School for Mussulman Girls in Madras used zardozi and the wings of Jewel Beetles to create this piece which was then shipped to England in 1882.

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I love using drums as little tables. We have a South Indian mridangam drum in our living room (click the image to see a blog post about using drums in living spaces).
I would love to add this drum to my collection — it’s gorgeous! Made of bone and embossed leather. I don’t know how I feel about the “bone” part, honestly, though.

I love using drums as little tables. We have a South Indian mridangam drum in our living room (click the image to see a blog post about using drums in living spaces).

I would love to add this drum to my collection — it’s gorgeous! Made of bone and embossed leather. I don’t know how I feel about the “bone” part, honestly, though.

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