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    Baby Kato
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:14 am
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    On behalf of the Fearless Red Dragons I present my contribution to the Colors of India Challenge.

    The word India evokes many things for me. Immediately I see beautiful bright, vibrant colors, feel the heat and smell the spices and the heavenly incense of this most exotic of places. I imagine bengal tigers, monkeys and impressive peacocks, truly a paradise, were history and tradition are alive.

    My place setting is meant to symbolize the following:

    White for purity.
    Purple for the many religions of India.
    Turquoise for meditation, peace and tranquility.
    Gold for the beautiful fabric of this country.
    Crimson for the passionate dance and music.
    Bronze for the many beautiful World heritage sites, the temples and buildings like the Hindu Akshardham in South Delhi or the Taj Mahal.

    Muffin Goddess
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:16 am
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    This is my (sort of icon_redface.gif icon_lol.gif ) tablesetting with an Indian flair. The rich, saturated colors remind me of the highly flavorful cuisine, and the jeweled and beaded items remind me of the opulent ceremonial dress in India. The patterns of the runner and the flowered plate bring to mind the beautiful henna designs that you will see on the women's hands. I included elephants because they are one of the three native animals most strongly associated with India, the other two being monkeys and tigers. The soapstone box is an item that is actually from India.

    Thanks for letting me share my first attempt at tablesetting (be gentle icon_lol.gif)



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    morgainegeiser
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:07 am
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    I chose for my colors of India – rich earth tones, represented by browns, tans, and blues. While living in India for 6 months I learned the art of henna. I have included some examples of Mehndi (or Henna). It is the application of henna as a temporary form of skin decoration. It is typically employed for special occasions, particularly weddings. It is usually drawn on the hands and feet, where the color will be darkest because the skin contains higher levels of keratin which binds permanently to lawsone, the colorant of henna. Henna paste is usually applied to the skin using a plastic cone or a paint brush, but sometimes a small metal-tipped jacquard bottle used for silk painting is used. Henna can be bought at a store in a plastic or paper cones. The final color is reddish brown and can last anywhere from two weeks to several months depending on the quality of the paste.

    Also, in my picture is an image of Ganesha, this wooden symbol was a parting gift from a friend when I left India. The image of Ganesha is one of the most distinctive ones within Hinduism. The image has an elephant's head and a large human body usually colored pink or yellow. The elephant's head symbolizes the gaining of knowledge through listening (ears) and reflection (large head). The two tusks, one whole and the other broken, reflect the existence of perfection and imperfection in the physical world. There is a wealth of symbolism associated with his 'pot belly'. It has been interpreted as reflecting an ability to digest whatever experiences life brings. Or, to draw on another motif to be found in Hinduism, that in some sense the whole universe is contained inside him. It may also be seen as a sign of well-being and of his role as a provider of earthly riches. Ganesha is shown with one leg on the ground and the other one folded as if he were meditating. This reflects a balance between the practical and spiritual life, a theme which is repeated in the symbolism of some of the objects associated with him.

    The colors of India are rich and varied, I chose the earth tones as they truly represent where our food comes from - the earth.
    loof
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:28 pm
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    Here's my contribution to the Colors of India challenge. I chose to base my colors on the colors of the flag of India, as described at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_India



    Symbolism
    A few days before India became independent on August 15th 1947, the specially constituted Constituent Assembly decided that the flag of India must be acceptable to all parties and communities. A modified version of the Swaraj flag was chosen; the tricolour remained the same saffron, white and green. However, the charkha was replaced by the Ashoka Chakra representing the eternal wheel of law. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who later became India's first Vice President and second President, clarified the adopted flag and described its significance as follows:

    "Bhagwa or the saffron colour denotes renunciation or disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. The white in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends. The "Ashoka Chakra" in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag. Again, the wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change."

    Here's my place setting featuring these rich and beautiful colors:

    Dreamer in Ontario
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:26 pm
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    For this challenge I was inspired by the colors of Goa, India. Goa is renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture,

    My props include a blue scarf which makes me think of the beautiful saris worn by the women of India.
    The blue color of the scarf and bowl reflect the rich hues of the Arabian Sea.
    The flower shaped bowl and vase of flowers remind me of the rich diversity in Goa's flora and fauna.
    The praying hands represents mudra, which in Sanskrit means gesture, symbol or seal.
    Right hand (male energy) meets the left hand (female energy) in balance at the heart.
    This unification brings the left and right hemispheres of one's brain together, calming the mind, connecting one to the present moment.
    This is a gesture that most people in the world do while praying.
    It is considered a mudra of greeting and respect in many cultures which is a western image of praying hands.
    In India this gesture of greeting is accompanied by the word “Namaste” or “Namaskar” which means “ I bow to you”, “I respect that divinity within you that is also within me” "I honor the Spirit in you which is also in me”, "Your spirit and my spirit are ONE."
    To the far left of the photo are Indian leather sandals of the type I see Indian men often wearing here in my home town.

    Namaste

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    Susie D
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:52 pm
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    bigbadbrenda wrote:


    This is the one going up for the challenge Colours of India

    The runner underneath and the shawl all both from India, The flower container is from the Ceylon Tea Company . one necklace is also Indian, the handles of the cutlery is imitation ivory honoring the elephants that have been poached for their tusks. People from India like vibrant colours therefore I choose blue and gold trimed plates on a white charger and a gold coloured napkin. To complete there is a bowl of lemons and limes and a mango ingredients that are used in cooking. Background are golden colours from black eyed susans' and the red of beebalm.


    What a marvelous use of color! I have your completion noted. icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:55 pm
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    Starrynews wrote:


    Here is my challenge photo:



    I drew inspiration from the culture of India, influenced by books I've read and Bollywood films. The major themes that stood out to me were related to religion, particularly the search for enlightenment, and beauty. I wanted to incorporate items that spoke to these, in a variety of bright colors. I used bangles in a rainbow of colors in place of a napkin ring and incorporated some pieces of nature in the form of the leaf and a pink lotus flower, the national flower of India.


    truly lovely starry! I love the use of the flower. You are noted on pg 1. icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:58 pm
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    Baby Kato wrote:


    On behalf of the Fearless Red Dragons I present my contribution to the Colors of India Challenge.

    The word India evokes many things for me. Immediately I see beautiful bright, vibrant colors, feel the heat and smell the spices and the heavenly incense of this most exotic of places. I imagine bengal tigers, monkeys and impressive peacocks, truly a paradise, were history and tradition are alive.

    My place setting is meant to symbolize the following:

    White for purity.
    Purple for the many religions of India.
    Turquoise for meditation, peace and tranquility.
    Gold for the beautiful fabric of this country.
    Crimson for the passionate dance and music.
    Bronze for the many beautiful World heritage sites, the temples and buildings like the Hindu Akshardham in South Delhi or the Taj Mahal.



    Nice job Miss Kato! icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:01 pm
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    Muffin Goddess wrote:


    This is my (sort of icon_redface.gif icon_lol.gif ) tablesetting with an Indian flair. The rich, saturated colors remind me of the highly flavorful cuisine, and the jeweled and beaded items remind me of the opulent ceremonial dress in India. The patterns of the runner and the flowered plate bring to mind the beautiful henna designs that you will see on the women's hands. I included elephants because they are one of the three native animals most strongly associated with India, the other two being monkeys and tigers. The soapstone box is an item that is actually from India.

    Thanks for letting me share my first attempt at tablesetting (be gentle icon_lol.gif)



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    You truly did an excellent job & perfectly matched what I had in mind for the challenge!No gentle needed. icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:03 pm
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    morgainegeiser wrote:






    The colors of India are rich and varied, I chose the earth tones as they truly represent where our food comes from - the earth.


    Aren't the blues tranquil? Your completion is noted on pg 1. icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:06 pm
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    loof wrote:



    Here's my contribution to the Colors of India challenge. I chose to base my colors on the colors of the flag of India, as described at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_India

    Here's my place setting featuring these rich and beautiful colors:



    I love the thought of using the flag for inspiration. Great illustration of it too! icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:09 pm
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    Dreamer in Ontario wrote:



    For this challenge I was inspired by the colors of Goa, India. Goa is renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture,



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    So pretty & nice! icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:10 pm
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    Karen Elizabeth
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:18 am
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    I've been awed by all the beautiful settings here icon_smile.gif

    Mine is very simple, my thoughts were of the bright hues of India, oranges, pinks and yellows, and I thought of dreamy late afternoons, with the heat of the day passing, evening coming on and lamps soon to be lit, iridescent dragonflies adding their own bursts of color, and of course, a simple bunch of coriander (dhania), synonymous with Indian cuisine ..... I hope you enjoy it icon_smile.gif
    threeovens
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:23 am
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    For me, the colors of India are embodied and brought to life by their curries. Can't you just taste the bold golden and silvery flavor of spices? How about the heat of orange and bright red in the chiles? And don't discount the importance of the cooling yogurt which is represented by the blue hues. Now just sprinkle with some bright green herbs, like cilantro! OOOOH FAAAAAH!
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