1978, Leh, India
Plate 29, 27x18
This lady was the sister of the owner of the estate upon which we camped. The grace, understanding and kindness extended to us had in it a bit of mystery, since they came in contact with so very few strangers. The women wore most of their wealth, partly to protect it, partly to show. They were most anxious for me to photograph them, and since it was a large family, many individual and group pictures were taken. For a time, the courtyard seemed like a part of Warner Brothers' lot.
The lady's relatives stopped to have dinner with us one evening, and one could see a similarity in the number of pieces owned by a number of the women. They were all compatible. They were all graceful. They all seemed joyous at what they had and showed no indication that if another had the same or a similar piece, it was a comedown or an effrontery. It wasn't. It seemed that the similarity in the number of pieces was complementary and enriching of the other. Why not be happy?