Photographer's Note

A photograph from my visit to the lake town of Nainital (see the lake here).

In the crowd of a festival, this lady was walking with a resolute gait and a beaming smile. Her simplistic dress, and beaded jewelry show that she is a pahari - one of the wonderful group of people that inhabits the Himalayas.

The distinctive Paisley design on her head scarf is a motif used throughout South and Southwest Asia - now popular across the world. Although the word "paisley" comes from the eponymic Paisley, Scotland (where the design was used extensively in shawls), the original Sanskrit name is mankolam - referring to the mango-like shape of the pattern.

Personally, I found it difficult to choose between the color version and this, so I have posted the original in a workshop. I think the black and white version has a less distracting background, but I may be wrong.

Also since the photo isn't one of those "posed" photographs (yes, hard to believe), the focus may be a bit off... I find posed photos rather artificial.

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