This is bouganvillea re-imagined in the colours of the Indian summer and the hot dried red chilli favoured throughout Chettinad. This scarf is designed to brighten your day, and remind you of the warm summer days to come.
Bougainvillea Wistful Pink
This flower, though not a native of India, is a favoured ornamental species and often found amongst the old mansions of Chettinad. The open design evokes chilly winter days, and the pink flower sits gracefully on a cream background.
Mosaic Eggplant Purple
The eggplant, or brinjal, as it is known in India is considered the king of vegetables – possibly due to the association of royalty with its magnificent purple. Though this is the same pattern as the Kaavi Red, it has a completely different, royal, feel.
Mosaic Kaavi Brown
The beautiful mosaic tiles used in old Chettinad houses inspire this print. Many traditional patterns are driven by simple square repeats, which I have hidden behind elegant floral motifs in this version. “Kaavi” is the local name for the peculiar shade of the ubiquitous fired bricks, a result of the rich clay earth found in many parts of India.
Spice Garden Green
A design inspired by the spices of Chettinad: cumin, chilli, garlic, saffron, pepper, fennel, green cardamom, black cardamom, aniseed, fenugreek, cinnamon, bay leaf, star anise, clove, ginger and nutmeg. Each is drawn with loving care on a backdrop of beautiful garden green.
Palmyra Dark Mauve
The abundant palm leaves that will make the basket you receive are the inspiration for this scarf. The autumnal mauve I have chosen is reminiscent of long glittering evenings with the trees gently swaying in the breeze.
Mosaic Rose Pink
It is amazing how motifs and patterns are transformed by a shift in scale! The delicate line work I’ve used here allows the peculiar rose-pastel pink found in the interiors of some Chettinad houses, to really shine against the contrasting hues of blues and greens.
Mosaic Kumkum Red
A deceptively simple pattern dominated by the red that is seen on the dot on women’s foreheads in Chettinad, and elsewhere in India too. It reminds me of hot summer days and my mother who wears it on her forehead everyday.
Mosaic Lentil Yellow
A warm and pleasing yellow inspired by the ‘toor’ lentil used in South Indian cuisine for dishes like Sāmbār or Rasam. I love to eat these spicy dishes with a bowl of Bāsmati rice. A different interpretation of the square mosaics, with a hot pink and red contrast.