Plait A Garland

The air was infused with the heavy scent of jasmine and roses. Conversation casually rolled off their tongues. Laughter interrupted, yet like the hands of a clock, their fingers continued holding blooms in place and intricately tying them in place. In Hindu tradition floral garlands are used in the worship of Hindu gods, during rituals and marriage ceremonies. From these garland makers, I learnt that a garland should never touch the floor; flowers that have fallen to the ground may not be used; and the garland should always be at or above hip level while it is being made. Wearing a garlands is like wearing nature’s natural scent. These garland makers provided me with further insight into the colourful daily ¬†goings-on in Little India, Singapore.


Iga Motylska

Iga Motylska is a Johannesburg-based freelance writer, photojournalist, sub-editor and blogger. She is published in numerous local and international publications, including: Forbes Africa, Forbes Woman Africa, Forbes Life Africa, CNBC Africa, Ventures Africa, Marie Claire, Sawubona, AA Traveller, Fastjet inflight magazine and Seoul Magazine among numerous others. Her editorial interests range from documenting the entrepreneurial spirit to women's and human rights issues, environmental affairs and of course travel writing.


  1. What is the price of a graland at Little India

  2. Done! Thanks for the constructive criticism Stephen, it’s always welcome! :) This was the best I could do, as the formatting is also slightly changed to suit the format of the blog when photographs are uploaded.

  3. I think it worth considering a crop to the first one to remove the blue bag as it competes heavliy for attention from your main subject. I do like short series like this one.

  4. I love the smell of jasmine.

    • It’s one of my favorite smells too, along with freshly cut grass and baking bread. Imagine wearing a jasmine garland around your neck all day, ahhh heavenly! :)

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