Streetstyle in Johari Bazar

December 9, 2008

Jaipur’s old city is world famous. Tourists rush there en masse as soon as they set foot in town. Hawa Mahal, the Palace of Winds, has had its pretty pink face featured in probably more magazines than Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell put together.

It is indeed a lovely old city, especially when compared to the dirty windy lanes of many Indian old towns. The broad avenues set in a geometrical pattern are courtesy Jai Singh, who planned and founded Jaipur in 1727. In hindi, -pur means “city” so Jaipur was conveniently named after its founder, just like Jodhpur was named after Rao Jodha and Udaipur after Udai Singh.

Jaipur’s walled city must have been a delight in the eighteenth century with its wide streets and pretty arcades. Less than three hundred years later, traffic has turned it into total chaos.

Saturday, I even went on a scouting trip to Johari Bazaar

I thought I’d show you my absolute favorite spot. To me it is simply perfection.


The white mattressed floor of the anteroom, the low off-white desk, the arched wall and the dangling bare bulbs, the faded blue with a hint of green, the cream-colored cupboards and the big white cushions: it is shabby, vintage, delicate and sexy at the same time.

I love love love it.

And then the utter beauty of the office itself, where the two diamond dealers, barefeet and clad in kurta-pyjamas, are reading the papers as if nothing else mattered. They probably have thousands of carats worth of diamonds to discuss, offices in Hong Kong, Cape Town and Antwerp… But right now they are ensconced in the local papers: business can wait.


6 Responses to “Streetstyle in Johari Bazar”

  1. Bouchra Says:

    Hello mademoiselle !
    J’adore ton blog 🙂
    Est tu indienne par hasard ? J’aimerais tellement en apprendre sur cette culture !
    en tout cas je te met ds mes favoris illico 😉
    Bonne journée!

  2. jasmineandtheelephants Says:

    Hello hello!
    Mille mercis pour ton gentil mot, c’est trop sympa!
    Je suis Francaise mais ca fait 4 ans que j’habite a Jaipur alors on peut dire que je ne sais plus tres bien parfois d’ou je viens!!!
    Je vais essayer de t’en dire le plus possible sur la culture indienne….a raison d’un post par jour ca devrait me prendre 262 ans!
    Encore merci et bonne journee a toi aussi!

  3. Bouchra Says:

    y’a pas de quoi ! tu m’en diras plus et merci pour ton commentaire chez toi :)) tu est la bienvenue !! j’ai hâte d’en savoir plus sur ta culture la classe d’habiter à Jaipur !!!!
    Bonne journée!

  4. jasmineandtheelephants Says:

    Super, ca me fait trop plaisir que tu viennes ici!
    Jaipur c’est une petite ville mais il y a des tas de choses a raconter…
    Kisses from the Pink City!

  5. Coralie Says:

    j adore ce “bureau”. Jaipur me manque, me manque, me manque… meme si je sais qu’apres une semaine je ralerai sur tout.
    Des que je reviens, tu m amènes chez le vendeur d’alu!

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