Given that their cultural background celebrates and embraces colour,
Indian wife and husband design team, Falguni and Shane Peacock
have a providential surname … peacock.
For fashion, the bird’s plumage is a source of colour and print inspiration.
The peacock is the national bird of India and as such is a protected breed.
Stories and tales of this magnificent bird are found in Indian mythology.
In addition, the peacock is often represented in works of Indian art.
When fanned, the tail plumage of the peacock is a brilliant spectacle:
lustrous greens/blues and eye-spotted, which is on full display
when a peacock courts a peahen.
The feathers on its head stands proudly, like a crown indicating royalty.
During the age of the Mughals, (16th C – 18th C), the imperial rulers of India
lavish gardens were cultivated and populated with the majestic peacock.
So elevated a symbol, that the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan,
who built the Taj Mahal (17th C) to honour the memory of his third wife,
commissioned an ornately bejewelled Mughal throne, appropriately styled
The Peacock Throne.
Portrait of Emperor Shah Jahan on the Peacock Throne
(image from internetstones.com)
Sadly, the original Peacock Throne was dismantled and destroyed.
Called the Peacock Throne because of its shape and that
the figures of two peacocks stood behind it-
tails fanned and inlaid with precious gems and stones.
In Indian culture , the peacock is understandably lauded as a symbol of
grace, joy, love, and majestic beauty
For more on the era of the Mughal rulers,
why not visit The British Library exhibition
Mughal India: Art, Culture and Empire until 2 April 2013