Today was a day of shopping nirvana in northwest Bangalore. Here are the treasures found:
It’s not a huge pile because I tend to not buy a lot. Maybe that’s because I’ve traveled a lot and in the beginning, gorged on the buffets of shopping available. We hauled home suitcases of stuff but, honestly, I did not love much of it. Now I want to get that feeling of, you know, like your heart beats a little bit faster when you see something. Or when you see something in a shop and after wandering around for awhile, you’re still thinking about it – it’s the one thing you’re still thinking about. Those are the signs that you will love these things.
Today I found things that spoke to me: Lakshmi, block prints, patterns and fine textiles.
Shown above are a brass printing block at Anokhi; a mango leaf necklace at Tharangini (known for its block prints though it has a small textile and jewelry shop); Uzbek embroidered pillow, silk Turkish tulip textile and glass painted Rajasthani tray at Arastan; and a Lakshmi oil lamp from Vermilion House. I will share more about each of these places in longer blog posts.