India Inspired

Many years ago, on our way home from teaching for a year in South Korea, my husband and I visited India. We had round-the-world plane tickets and stopped off in Hong Kong, Thailand, India, Egypt, Czech Republic and Denmark. Too bad I hadn’t heard of Trollbeads back then, ha! We went to Denmark so we could go to Legoland. 😀

Anyway, India was absolutely overwhelming but incredible. We have never seen such poverty and such riches, with all the colours, sounds and smells one could imagine. Thank goodness we were on a tour. Now we will travel on our own, even going to China independently,  but if we ever were to go back to India I would insist on a tour, as it’s just that daunting.  We did the traditional Golden Triangle with stops in New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. Here we are at the Taj Mahal. These are photos of my photos as this was before the days of digital photography. 😀

The whole building has this marble inlay, which you don’t really notice until you get right up close to it. 

The bracelet I made was inspired by this old pencil box we purchased…

…plus this photo I took in Jaipur. I’ve always wondered where this lady was going. You can see her suitcase off to the side. All the women looked so elegant in their saris in India.  

I used the Trollbeads lock Soft Wind of Change because another iconic building in India is the Palace of Winds. They are completely unrelated, just the word ‘wind’ made me think of it. This structure was built in 1799 and is basically a facade, made so women from the royal household could sit behind it unseen to observe street festivals. 

The bead that is the star of this bracelet (in my mind, anyway) is the Redbalifrog Ganesha. 

Ganesha is a very popular Hindu deity, revered as a remover of obstacles. I love the detail on his trunk. 

Look how the feet wrap underneath the bead!

The other beads I wanted to use with an India Inspired bracelet are the Trollbeads River of Life and below it, the Masala Facet

Below left to right are Trollbeads Pumpkin Ornament/ Turquoise Green Dot, Ohm Beads Sky Fire, Trollbeads River  of Life, Ohm Beads My Precious and Live Your Fantasy. 

Below left to right after Live Your Fantasy (the barrel shaped, orange Ohm Bead) are a Trollbeads unique, Ohm Beads Ganges, Redbalifrog Ganesha and the Trollbeads Masala Facet. 

Below left to right after the Masala Facet are a Trollbeads unique (my very first Trollbead!), Peter and Quiet Flower. 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little slice of a trip to India. I’d love to hear if anyone has been there before or if it’s on your list? And are there any beads from here that you like?

Disclosure: For this blog I may receive some items as promotional samples. 

6 responses to India Inspired

  1. Sarah says:

    Another stunningly beautiful post about your travels and then a travel inspired bracelet.
    I have a coffee table book about the Taj Mahal which I love looking at when I feel the need to escape and travel in my mind. I have seen so many movies about India but will most likely not ever be able to travel there, but now I also have this lovely vingnette and gorgeous, colourful bracelet to enjoy. Ganesha is an exquisite silver bead and your new Trollbeads were made for this perfect combo ! Thanks for the bottom view, you know how I appreciate the peek.


    • marthnick says:

      Your most welcome, Sarah. Yes, when I wanted to put some colour to go with Ganesha it occurred to me that those faceted Trollbeads would be perfect and then I remembered I had the Ganges Ohm Bead. My photos seem to have faded over the years, but one really does see those vivid colours in India and the spice markets are absolutely stunning. If only we could pop over there for a weekend!

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  2. charmbead says:

    I haven’t been to India before but it’s on the bucket list. Your travel photos are great! I’d love to see the Taj Mahal one day. Love your bracelet!


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