Find clothing, accessories, and home decor from India’s coolest designers at Hot Pink’s boutiques in Narain Niwas Palace and Amber Fort. Its hanging fish-scale lamp by Thierry Journo of Idli Design is covered in gold leaf.
This appeared in the October 2013 issue.
Here at Condé Nast Traveler,everyone has his or her own particular obsession: One person thinks only of places to forage and eat mushrooms; another, France and flea markets. And according to my colleagues, I’m interested—solely interested—in three things: high-quality gemstones, high-luxury hotels, and tribal textiles. There are a few other subjects I’m passionate about as well, though in truth I don’t have much to say in my defense. But one of the great joys of travel is realizing that the things which motivate us to leave home and go elsewhere are as varied and, often, as specific as the places themselves. And I’d argue that there’s a singular frisson in experiencing a place through its markets, shops, and bazaars; it’s there, after all, that you get the truest picture of a country’s or region’s economy, aesthetics, history, palette, and people….
Bursting with ornate palaces and imposing forts, the city of Jaipur has been a commercial and cultural hub in northern India for centuries. The capital of the noble state of Rajasthan, it is one of the world’s most important craft centers, renowned for its block-printed cottons, metalwork, hand-painted clay pottery, and, most spectacularly, fine jewelry. Known as the Pink City thanks to its profusion of salmon-hued façades (painted for a visit from the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VII, in 1876), Jaipur is a true feast for the senses. As fashion designer Matthew Williamson says, “For any creative person, the colors, aromas, and artisanal work here are a must.