Tag Archives: India

March 16, 2013

Old iron

Ancient metallurgy   I’m plunged in the early days of iron production about which lots of research have been done over the past twenty years. Iron is generally not the most admired of metals and when I called a Dutch Read more

 
February 7, 2013

Patterns

Gongadi Source   A few days ago an Indian friend attended me on an exhibition of rural weavings I had never heard about. Gongadi are blankets or heavy shawls woven with wool from the mainly black nalla-gorre sheep of the Read more

 
August 2, 2012

South Indian steel

Old iron Iron rusts, and therefore ancient iron objects are more rare (and often less appreciated) than other metals such as bronze.   Piling on an old jetty   In search of information on the dawn of iron for my Read more

 
July 6, 2012

Work and play

I’m preparing a book on the most heavy material imaginable: iron. And ever since I’ve begun this project, wherever I have gone I’ve always come home with some feathers. It often makes me wonder what will follow later on, as Read more

 
July 2, 2012

What is serious?

My recent Great Sweep through my studio included going through my ‘Rajasthan‘ cupboard. It was good to unfold and rearrange a collection of Indian textiles – nothing exceptionally valuable but a testimony to change as a number of hand-blocked cotton Read more

 
April 8, 2012

Rajasthan travel

Every once in a while I’m being asked for advice on travel plans in India. During many years I have organised and accompanied such tours for friends. The time it took to prepare a balanced, informative and unforgettable journey made me Read more

 
March 27, 2012

Self-confidence

  These past weeks I have often wondered about what makes people great, why they are often humble, and how badly we miss trustworthy models at the moment. Several recent press articles made me draw once again the conclusion that Read more

 
February 27, 2012

Birth of the Visual Legacy Foundation

  The contrast between my books appears sometimes to be confusing. There is a leading thread, however, as each one is the result of a largely visual coup de foudre. I didn’t plan to go to India, I was invited Read more

 
February 8, 2012

‘Rajasthan’ in an armchair

Almost nine years after its launch, Rajasthan is still living its own life. It was by sheer chance that a friend found the book last week sitting comfortably in an armchair on the cover of a flyer from an interior decorator Read more

 
January 17, 2012

What is inspiration?

At the launch of Rajasthan in London in the Fall of 2003, a journalist asks me why, being Dutch, I have not made a book about Indonesia. Although the question is meant to tease me, it is fundamental and the Read more