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Day Two: Old Delhi

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Our second day in Delhi was a big day. We walked through Old Delhi in the heat, experiencing the subway, visiting Jain, Hindu, and Sikh temples, riding in rickshaws, and walking down beautiful alleyways. It was a difficult day to record pattern, especially in the temples which had many, because we had to keep moving and couldn’t take pictures in many of them. I do remember them being extravagant and beautiful, covered in pattern. The Jain temple had a manmade cave, the Hindu temple was surround by shops selling flowers, and the Sikh temple had a place for anyone of any religion to stop and eat, where we also helped to make bread.

 

Man made cave with buddha at the Jain temple
Man made cave with buddha at the Jain temple
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Making naan at the Sikh temple
Pattern in the Hindu temple
Pattern in the Hindu temple
Offerings at the Hindu temple
Offerings at the Hindu temple

Video of Rickshaw Ride through Old Delhi

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We did stop in one alleyway called Naughara Street. Naughara means nine houses, and the street had many beautiful entryways to sketch. The patterns here consisted of flowers in pastel colors, which was true of other old courtyards we stopped in as well. Sometimes, we could see the mash-up of different influences, such as angels in the elegant carvings around some doorways.

greendoor naugharapost street

At the end of the day, we made a trip to The Shop, a store with clothes and products designed by a sweet woman who helped us shop, and FabIndia, a hip, modern store selling traditional clothing in a wide range of bright colors and patterns. Below are examples of some saris, where you can see a lot of stripes and paisley patterns.

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