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    ZWT8~ Colors of India

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    Bonnie G #2
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:47 pm
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    OK, I've given "Colors of India" a try - I'm not very good at this but when I think of India I think of bright colors, lovely fabrics, exoctic surroundings and spicy curries. Not to mention lots of busy activity and therefore a lovley table setting can calm the spirit while honoring all that is India. I felt that the white dishes are perfect setting to highlight all these things.

    Mikekey
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:57 pm
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    I had no idea India was such a colorful place until I saw the wonderful movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (with Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith). And then when I decided to do this challenge, I realized I don't have a lot of bright color in my home. I think that will change icon_biggrin.gif

    Ready for breakfast, or dessert and coffee!

    Nancy's Pantry
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:57 pm
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    I will be doing this challenge for my team!


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    Nancy's Pantry
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:20 pm
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    The table cover is actually a beautiful wrap that my neighbors brought me back from India when they were there visiting relatives. The turquoise in this wrap is so beautiful that I couldn't resist adding a blue charger and glass to the tableware. I included an elephant which is seen throughout Indian culture and religion and of course, some of my favorite Indian cookbooks.

    India is known as one of the oldest and richest cultures in the world. There are 5 Regions and 28 states each offering its own cuisine, style and presentation.

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    Susie D
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:26 pm
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    Karen Elizabeth wrote:







    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


    That is so pretty and dreamy. Where's the pool boy? LOL
    Susie D
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:29 pm
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    threeovens wrote:




    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!


    So lovely. Now I want tea. icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:30 pm
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    Bonnie G #2 wrote:


    OK, I've given "Colors of India" a try - I'm not very good at this but when I think of India I think of bright colors, lovely fabrics, exoctic surroundings and spicy curries. Not to mention lots of busy activity and therefore a lovley table setting can calm the spirit while honoring all that is India. I felt that the white dishes are perfect setting to highlight all these things.



    I think you did a terrific job! I'd have lunch there. icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:32 pm
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    Mikekey wrote:


    I had no idea India was such a colorful place until I saw the wonderful movie "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (with Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith). And then when I decided to do this challenge, I realized I don't have a lot of bright color in my home. I think that will change icon_biggrin.gif

    Ready for breakfast, or dessert and coffee!



    That movie is on my list and I adore your bright table. Great job! icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:35 pm
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    Nancy's Pantry wrote:






    The table cover is actually a beautiful wrap that my neighbors brought me back from India when they were there visiting relatives. The turquoise in this wrap is so beautiful that I couldn't resist adding a blue charger and glass to the tableware. I included an elephant which is seen throughout Indian culture and religion and of course, some of my favorite Indian cookbooks.

    India is known as one of the oldest and richest cultures in the world. There are 5 Regions and 28 states each offering its own cuisine, style and presentation.

    Nancy icon_smile.gif [/i]


    Beautiful & so serene! Well done! icon_smile.gif
    Susie D
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 6:36 pm
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    mersaydees
    Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:16 pm
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    I have been mesmerized by all of the entries in this challenge. It is inspiring and feels like meditation to see the photos and read the interpretations. This challenge will go down in my memory as one of my all-time favorites. Loved it! icon_biggrin.gif
    Susie D
    Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:51 am
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    mersaydees wrote:


    I have been mesmerized by all of the entries in this challenge. It is inspiring and feels like meditation to see the photos and read the interpretations. This challenge will go down in my memory as one of my all-time favorites. Loved it! icon_biggrin.gif


    Thank you! You made my day! icon_smile.gif
    LifeIsGood
    Thu Aug 23, 2012 10:06 am
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    mersaydees wrote:


    I have been mesmerized by all of the entries in this challenge. It is inspiring and feels like meditation to see the photos and read the interpretations. This challenge will go down in my memory as one of my all-time favorites. Loved it! icon_biggrin.gif


    Agreed! And to think, this was the challenge I was most intimidated by, too.
    Random Rachel
    Thu Aug 23, 2012 1:35 pm
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    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)



    HokiesMom
    Thu Aug 23, 2012 9:57 pm
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    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.



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