It is really not possible to walk through a market in India without being stimulated by the variety and intensity of colour, especially in fabrics. The artists who create these fabrics and garments have a unique feeling for colour combinations that westerners usually would not consider possible as harmonious combinations. The photos below offer a small glimpse of just one market in Jaipur, as an example of the wealth of India's saturated colours.
The photo above doesn't do justice to the richness of this display of shoes. When it comes to flowers as well, the impact of saturated colour also seems to be the first attraction. These two photos below are of flowers sold for offering at a nearby temple.
They are sold strung in garlands of the flowerhead only; in this case, the intense yellows of marigolds and deep pink-red of fragrant roses. Such garlands have also been hung around our necks as we have arrived at our hotels on a number of occasions.
Here is a floral offering that greeted us at our hotel in Jaipur. I have deliberately added the slightly dried green leaf to the right of the basin to provide a colour contrast. My interpretation of this in ikebana terms is that it is a work that subtly 'emphasises water'. Although we cannot see the surface, it is clear that the flowers are a floating arrangement. It might also, at a stretch, be an example of colours in the 'same tonal range', both of these being Sogetsu School curriculum exercises.
Greetings from Christopher.
(late on) 10th January 2016.