Monday, July 25, 2005


Originally uploaded by dalbhat.
These affordable rubber soled slip-ons continue to be the chosen footwear of India's masses. Simple and practical, "Hawaii Chappal" may be a statement on life here.

I have never ever heard them called "fIip flops"here.

DefIintely the best choice for monsoon rains and scorching heat.

Saturday, July 09, 2005

K is for KANTHA

Originally uploaded by dalbhat.
Kantha embroidery is a traditional skill of craftswomen from West Bengal. Look closely at the tiny running stitches that form beautiful patterns that often include nature, religion or simply daily routine. The intricacy will draw you in.

This craft developed out of necessity. Used sarees were layered together and the kantha stitching was used to "sew in durability" to make small baby quilts or throws to keep warm.

Monday, July 04, 2005

W is for WALLAH

Originally uploaded by dalbhat.
Street vendors make up the curiously chaotic wallpaper of Kolkata's street life. This wallah sits close to the entrance of the building where I work. He is sharpening knives on a bicycle that turns into a honing device when needed!

Everything happens out on the street here.