[Detail of jali in Doris Duke's Mughal-inspired bedroom. Screengrab is from the lecture, The Mughal Bedroom Suite at Shangri La by Dr. Thalia Kennedy.]
In the previous post I linked to a recent illustrated talk by Shangri La's Scholar-in-Residence, Dr. Thalia Kennedy. Word of caution: This isn't a three-minute clip. The full hour was taped, so I know it will be a challenge to carve out enough time to watch the entire video. But if you're passionate about Mughal design and Indian craft, it's well worth a look.
A few really terrific vintage images of Doris Duke's Mughal-inspired bedroom are shown toward the end. Leading up to this, Kennedy describes in detail Duke's and husband James Cromwell's early travels in India, how Duke became enamored with Indian craftsmanship, and the incredibly intricate work commissioned by the couple.