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Exploring Gandhara | Art, Mythology, and Inspiration

July 18, 2023

Located in what are now northern Pakistan, Gandhara is an ancient Indo-Aryan empire that dates back more than 3,000 years and is considered one of the world’s oldest civilizations. The aesthetics, art, and architecture of that time period had a profound impact on the world as we know it today. The Gandhara era serves as the creative catalyst for Good Earth’s newest design collection for 2018-2019.

The main store of the lifestyle brand, located in Mumbai’s Raghuvanshi Mills, hosted the unveiling on the evening of October 9. Saryu Doshi, an art historian, and Devdutt Pattanaik, an author and mythologist, gave talks about their experiences in Gandhara to debut the collection. Pattanaik and Doshi spoke to a receptive crowd about the institution through a variety of allegories, apologetic monologues, myths, and tales. Anita Lal, creator and creative director of Good Earth, gave a presentation about the collection to the attendees. She discussed everything from the collection’s inception to its creation to its final presentation.

As we walked down the store’s corridor, we were greeted with the calming sounds of music and the warm glow of candles set in ornate glass holders, brass lanterns, and brocade pillows. There was decorative ceramics, geometric lanterns, sinfully soft bed coverings, and elegantly set tables with pristine flatware all over the place. Relaxing aromas drifted and blended together all around. The store gave off an air of opulence and sophistication thanks to the Gandhara collection being prominently exhibited. The collection was a sumptuous reinterpretation of the era, inspired by the themes, colors, and different design elements of Gandhara.

Gandhara’s culture is deeply syncretic and multi-layered, influenced by Persians, Greeks, Central Asians, and Buddhists. This is reflected in the region’s textiles and jewelry, which feature intricate patterns and rich colors like charcoal, deep blues, reds, and greens.

Textiles woven, printed, embroidered, and mirrored in an East-West syncretistic style drew inspiration from Greek, Persian, and Central Asian motifs. The Ashtamangala, Bodhi tree, lotus, parasol, and trumpeting elephant were just some of the primary Buddhist motifs and symbols featured in the dinnerware collection during the Buddhist Imprint section, which was decorated in ochre, saffron, gold, and indigo.

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