Ladakh is known for the beauty of its remote mountains and Tibetan Buddhist culture
Racinet's Costume History is an invaluable reference for students, designers, artists, illustrators, and historians; and a rich source of inspiration for anyone with an interest in clothing and style. Originally published in France between 1876 and 1888, Auguste Racinet’s Le Costume historique was in its day the most wide-ranging and incisive study of clothing ever attempted.
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Jainism is the only one of the early Indian monastic orders which has handed down almost intact its tenets and organisation to the present day.
Lateral facade of King Pal’s palace, in the Gwalior fortress
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Mughal gardens in Srinagar, Kashmir. Gardens of the Great Mughals by Constance Mary Villiers Stuart. Nishat Bagh, Shalimar Bagh.
Benares, (Varanasi) the sacred city: sketches of Hindu life and religion. Early worship, early ritual, religious literature, Brahmanas and Upanishads
In earlier India, there were nobles and dancing girls; whose dress on festive occasions was not too different from the one depicted here.
The two figures shown here are of the Mogul aristocracy. Both men wear as their essential garment a peculiarly tailored coat called the “cabays”.
Ojira, To Her Lover, poem from The Garden of Kama and other love lyrics from India
The story about Zuleikha and Joseph. Facsimile of an Indian-Persian miniature depicts Zuleika introducing Joseph to her friends who are busy peeling oranges.
Indian arts and crafts. Mughal Empire. Elephant Ankus. Indian dagger called Khuttar. Mongolian helmet from the 16th century.