The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM

Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra

Welcome to Jaisalmer Homes

Art mixed with daily living, art created within the home, art that cannot be separated from the people or purchased – that art evokes a unique fascination and respect.

Indian hospitality is well-known but in the big cities, the incidence of crime has diminished the trust and goodwill that people had towards strangers.

In small towns it is heartening to see that the old ways of India, the times that I saw in my childhood are still alive.

Nothing in Jaisalmer is hurried or stressful. The residents have probably learnt that if one has to survive the heat and the sun, the community itself must help each other out and stay bonded. And as a tourist I find the shade of their hospitality as welcoming as the shade provided by the buildings of this town.

Hospitality is expressed in many ways. In Jaisalmer people still have the time to chat, to treat a stranger like a respected guest, to chat and to offer chai. When asked for directions to go to some place, they have the time not only to give you the directions but also to go along with you. But one very evident artistic way that I began to notice on the third day – were the welcoming signages outside every home.

The welcome sign is usually put up at the time of a wedding in the family. The date, the names of the bride & groom are all mentioned. And most importantly the Gods & Goddesses are invoked through the wall paintings.

The origin of this custom is not known – maybe it was a clever painter who marketed his services well probably in 2001. But today this art is seen all over Jaisalmer and adds to the character of the city.

A few images:

ImageImageImageImage

ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

GO BACK TO RAJASTHAN DIARIES

jm

apr 2014

 

 

 

 

One comment on “Welcome to Jaisalmer Homes

  1. Pingback: Rajasthan Diaries | Wovensouls Journal

I'd love to hear your view on this. Please comment below:

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on April 11, 2014 by in Culture Kaleidoscope and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , .

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 5,067 other followers

ARCHIVES

TRANSLATE

EMAIL

jaina@wovensouls.com

ABOUT ME

%d bloggers like this: