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    **Jubes**
    Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:58 am
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    Random Rachel wrote:



    I really don't have many table things, definitely nothing that looked like it was from India, so I just went for bright and colorful.
    When I pulled out the tablecloth and place mats to set the table this morning and my son was really interested in helping, so I let him pretty much do it himself. I told him to make it colorful, and he decided it was not pretty enough to take pictures of unless we added food to the plates. We had salad with our oatmeal for breakfast since I couldn't find anything else green (7 year old logic icon_wink.gif)





    Great job Rachel...........your son did very well and does look very pleased his results and breakfast. I love the photo with your son included icon_biggrin.gif
    Susie D
    Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:20 pm
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    Random Rachel wrote:



    I really don't have many table things, definitely nothing that looked like it was from India, so I just went for bright and colorful.
    When I pulled out the tablecloth and place mats to set the table this morning and my son was really interested in helping, so I let him pretty much do it himself. I told him to make it colorful, and he decided it was not pretty enough to take pictures of unless we added food to the plates. We had salad with our oatmeal for breakfast since I couldn't find anything else green (7 year old logic icon_wink.gif)





    I love this and the geometric shapes are terrific! Your son did a sensational job & I often have salad for breakfast too. icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:24 pm
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    HokiesMom wrote:


    Colors of India...

    I read about the colors used in the performing arts in India and relative to the face paints they use for the characters in Kathakali, which is an Indian classical dance form from Kerala. straddling the shores of the Arabian Sea in India's southwest, has lush green landscape and peoples' yearning to offset this lushness with the lightest of colours on their own costumes.

    Most temple-related rituals of which Kathakali is one form, are conducted through rich colours. In Kathakali the faces are usually painted with organically derived and organically coloured materials. The white on the face is a paste made out of rice flour, the red is vermilion mixed with turmeric, the black is the soot gathered from the light of an oil lamp. The use of red on the Kathakali dancer's face usually symbolizes evil purposes / evil characters. Saints in Kathakali naturally then, would use more sublime colours. And so on.



    So for my table setting I used the "white" plate to reflect the white paste they make from flour, the red to represent the tumeric, the gold to represent the light colors they tend to favor representing their Saints and the red in the candles and cloth to symbolize the evil characters. The box I have placed behind the setting is actually a hand carved and engraved box made in India given to my DH and I for a wedding present from a friend and the vase with the gold weave throughout the lush green color to represent their land. I hope you like the subtle colors I used to represent this region and their performing arts.





    Truly lovely & I enjoyed reading about the Kathakali. Well done! icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:25 pm
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    Current to here. icon_smile.gif
    smellyvegetarian
    Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:06 pm
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    Hello all! I am here with the final entry from The Wild Bunch icon_smile.gif.



    I have been studying and teaching yoga for about 12 years, so the first thing that came to my mind with regard to the colors of India was my traditional Mysore practice rug (background in picture). The colors are, perhaps, a bit more warm and earthy than the Bollywood variety, and for me they are soothing and inviting.

    I tried to imagine if I ever got to travel to Mysore to study yoga, and I thought of enjoying a quick lunch of dosa or idli (the small bowl is for the chutney) on my mat while studying the yoga sutras. The statue of Ganesh is a gift a fellow yogi brought back for me from India many years ago, and I included him because one of his roles is lord of letters and learning.

    Sorry it isn't the best photo; I'm a bit of a newbie in that regard!
    mersaydees
    Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:38 pm
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    Susie D wrote:
    Random Rachel wrote:



    I really don't have many table things, definitely nothing that looked like it was from India, so I just went for bright and colorful.
    When I pulled out the tablecloth and place mats to set the table this morning and my son was really interested in helping, so I let him pretty much do it himself. I told him to make it colorful, and he decided it was not pretty enough to take pictures of unless we added food to the plates. We had salad with our oatmeal for breakfast since I couldn't find anything else green (7 year old logic icon_wink.gif)





    I love this and the geometric shapes are terrific! Your son did a sensational job & I often have salad for breakfast too. icon_smile.gif


    Your son is adorable! Love it! Funny about the salad for brekkie. I told DH in order to make my recipes on time because my schedule keeps slipping that we may have salad and cheesy cauliflower casserole for breakfast, too! icon_lol.gif
    Susie D
    Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:00 pm
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    smellyvegetarian wrote:


    Hello all! I am here with the final entry from The Wild Bunch icon_smile.gif.



    I have been studying and teaching yoga for about 12 years, so the first thing that came to my mind with regard to the colors of India was my traditional Mysore practice rug (background in picture). The colors are, perhaps, a bit more warm and earthy than the Bollywood variety, and for me they are soothing and inviting.

    I tried to imagine if I ever got to travel to Mysore to study yoga, and I thought of enjoying a quick lunch of dosa or idli (the small bowl is for the chutney) on my mat while studying the yoga sutras. The statue of Ganesh is a gift a fellow yogi brought back for me from India many years ago, and I included him because one of his roles is lord of letters and learning.

    Sorry it isn't the best photo; I'm a bit of a newbie in that regard!


    You did a great job & illustrated the peacefulness of your inspiration. icon_smile.gif
    K9 Owned
    Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:28 pm
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    I'm a little embarrassed after having read the wonderful submissions. I have nothing that interesting to offer. icon_confused.gif

    My Grandmother was born in India and my father was raised there. As my grandmother lived with us until she passed when I was 16, I grew up on stories of their lives in India. I remember her telling us (kids) about the markets in Mysore. I found an image of the daily market there and used that as my inspiration.
    Picture of items at the Mysore market....

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    My less vivid table setting....
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    ChelseaW
    Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:53 pm
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    Chelsea's table setting

    this is my table setting for the bistro babes. I wanted to use anything in my house with color or embellishment to bring some of the essence of an Indian wedding feast with the marigold garlands. Too bad I don't know how to make those!
    Susie D
    Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:32 am
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    K9 Owned wrote:


    I'm a little embarrassed after having read the wonderful submissions. I have nothing that interesting to offer. icon_confused.gif

    My Grandmother was born in India and my father was raised there. As my grandmother lived with us until she passed when I was 16, I grew up on stories of their lives in India. I remember her telling us (kids) about the markets in Mysore. I found an image of the daily market there and used that as my inspiration.
    Picture of items at the Mysore market....

    Photobucket

    My less vivid table setting....
    Untitled


    Your table setting meets the challenge perfectly! I can see the market colors. icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Sat Aug 25, 2012 12:34 am
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    ChelseaW wrote:
    Chelsea's table setting

    this is my table setting for the bistro babes. I wanted to use anything in my house with color or embellishment to bring some of the essence of an Indian wedding feast with the marigold garlands. Too bad I don't know how to make those!


    The maigold garlands are pretty, but your setting looks very romantic. icon_smile.gif
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