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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Embroidery inspirations from history

Hi everyone!!

It's mid July..one and half months since the schools reopened - the usual routine of alarms ringing, packing lunch/snack boxes, rushing to catch the school bus and above all, tests,activities, home work - all these have reclaimed their rightful place in our lives.

The time is 8.45 and I've just cleared up the remnants of the morning "hungama"  (commotion) and enjoying a hot cup of tea. I've been planning on writing this post for a few weeks,but kept postponing.Now is the time!!!

During the summer vacations, we happened to tour Pune,Shirdi and Aurangabad. It was not a planned tour,it just happened because of a surprise invite by my DH's uncle and aunt who live in Pune. One of DH's cousins and her family were visiting them and they invited us to join them.

A visit to Aurangabad is not complete without "Bibi ka Maqbara"(Tomb of the Lady). This monument was commissioned by Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb in his wife's memory after her death in 1657. It bears a striking resemblance to the Taj Mahal and is also known as the Taj of the Deccan.

People say that it is a cheap copy of the Taj Mahal - but the moment my eyes fell on it - I was floored.

Bibi Ka Maqbara

And then we went closer, and I saw this...

 and this...
Beautiful,isn't it?
 Here's a close up of the rose.

 and this....

All I could think of was how these would look when embroidered? In fact, these carvings did remind me of some style - Crewel embroidery,perhaps? We could see such carvings all around. The place is truly a treat for  history lovers and artists.

And then when we went inside- there she was,resting in peace - "Dilras Banu Begum" - that was her name- the wife of one of the most powerful & controversial Mughal Emperors of India.

We stood there, for a few moments, in silence and in awe. Then, it was time to leave...

Love,luck and sunshine,
Deepa