Helen Hazon – Country – Architecture
Inspiration – Small houses in parts of Gujarat and a beautifully simple stepwell in Rajasthan.
When thinking about Indian architecture, large and ornate buildings like the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, Hindu temples and Islamic mosques come to mind. I considered these as possible inspiration for this theme but then decided to look at much simpler styles.
When we travelled in NW India we visited many small communities in the Kutch area of Gujarat where villagers live in simple houses, made of mud and straw but many are beautifully decorated inside and out. A great example of making the most of what they have. (Search Kutch houses)
We also discovered ancient stepwells. We had never previously heard of these but they were used widely in the desert states as a means of reaching water a long way below the surface. Some are wonderfully ornate but I particularly liked the simplicity of one in a village next to the Amber Fort, just outside Jaipur. (Panna Meena Ka Kund)
In my quilt I have stitched a decorated house and some lines of the repeating step patterns in the stepwell.
All materials are cotton. All embroidery is by hand. Simple machine quilting in invisible thread.