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About Christine Chitnis
Christine Chitnis is an author and photographer. She lives with her husband and three young children, Vijay, Vikram and Meera, in Providence, Rhode Island. Her writing and photography are inspired by the farmland and coasts of her adopted home state, though her love of the natural world dates back to childhood summers spent in Northern Michigan. She is an avid traveler and after visiting India for over a decade with her husband, is currently at work on a book, Patterns of India: A Journey Through Colors, Textiles and the Vibrancy of Rajasthan, to be published by Clarkson Potter in Spring 2020.
She is also the author of Icy, Creamy, Healthy, Sweet (Roost, 2016), Little Bites (Roost, 2015) and Markets of New England (The Little Bookroom, 2011). Her client list includes The Boston Globe, Country Living, Self Magazine, Edible Rhody, Mind Body Green, and many other local and national publications.
Visit her at christinechitnis.com or follow along on Instagram @christine.chitnis
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”Get lost in the beauty of the photographs in Patterns of India, a striking journey through the colorful Indian state of Rajasthan.”—BuzzFeed
Patterns of India is a visual experience that offers intimate insights into the diverse and richly hued Western Indian culture. Color is the thread that binds the vast country together, defining every aspect of life from religion and politics to food and dress. Organized by the five dominant colors royal blue, sandstone, marigold, ivory, and rose, this book explores how deeply color and pattern exist in a symbiotic relationship and are woven into every part of the culture. For instance, the fuchsia found in the draping fabric of a sari is matched by the vibrant chains of roses offered at temple, and the burnt orange spices in the marketplaces are reflected in the henna tattoos given to brides and wedding guests. While every color is imbued with meaning, it is often within the details of patterns that the full story comes to light.
Photographer and writer Christine Chitnis spent over a decade traveling through, getting to know, and falling in love with the intricate patterns of everyday Rajasthani life. With history and culture-based essays woven throughout the more than 200 stunning photographs of architecture, markets, cuisine, art, textiles, and everyday goings-on, Patterns of India captures the beauty and essence of this unique part of the world.
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