A few days prior to the Bomb blast that shattered the beauty of one of India’s rarest heritage sites Hawa Mahal; we had the pleasure of shooting Bibi Russell – a Bangladeshi icon- who tirelessly works to save tradition through weaving in new trends with the weavers of Rajasthan.
Hawa Mahal or Palace of the winds was built by Maharaja Sawai Pratap Singh (in 1799) to afford privacy to Royal Rajput Woman -who observed strict purdah in that era- as they had the pleasure of observing everyday life and royal processions on the streets of Jaipur.

Designed by Lal Chand Usta; its an ingenious adaptation of Mogul style by the Rajputs; Hindu elements like chhatris-small domed canopies are set off majestic fluted pillars. Lotus and floral patterns, sprinkled with subtle elements resonating with Pieta Dura (stone inlay) influences and finesse of Mogul filigreeing techniques.

The‘jharokhas’ - elegant trellis balconies- bathed in the glow of a sundowner, deep pink sand stone beautifully outlined by white borders and motifs painted with quick lime, invoking a feeling of delicate screens. Setting off this five-storey structure is a dome representing ‘mukut’ (crown) of Lord Krishna.