Behind the Scenes | Between Bookends: The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
The main character of this book runs a spice shop, bursting with bright colours and burning scents, so I wanted a rich backdrop as the base of the image. I used a silk pashmina that was gifted to me a couple of years back, one with shimmery copper accents. I liked the traditional look of it and how it’s so in theme, with all the wrapping of fabric that a saree involves, and with something so beautifully striking about the colours,
Thought a wooden crate pack of spices would do an excellent literal trick, and then I had the packs of muruku from the local night market. A lot of spices go into that Indian snack! And the brass butter knives were from a recent flea market loot.