Notes on Antique Textiles, Folk Art & Timeless Traditions – Jaina Mishra
The threshold is a very important line in a traditional Indian home.
It is washed and decorated beautifully every day with auspicious symbols drawn in powder by the woman of the house.
As a child I thoroughly enjoyed the feeling of importance when I was granted the right to decorate it on days when everyone else was very busy.
As is the case with all elements of culture, the character of the permanent fixtures on the threshold differed across the states.
Here are some from the airport museum in Mumbai: