|The Indo-Saracenic style as seen at Prag Palace in Kutch, Gujarat, India. (Photo from Creative Commons)|
|The Sun Temple of Modhera, 1026-27 CE. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)|
In a culture so flavored with the aesthetics of other societies, the retention of uniquely Gujarati design choices – namely an affinity for heavy interior patterning and specific design motifs (especially of entry arches), both of which I will explore in more detail in my upcoming post – indicates the resilience of indigenous traditions despite the trade of ideas that occurred throughout many centuries and empires. This preservation of style suggests to me that while outside influence may be extremely salient, cultures still interpret and reflect these influences in a way unique to their own society.
|Intricate wall patterning along the sides of the Adalaj Stepwell (1499 CE). (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)|
|The aforementioned Sun Temple of Modhera contains a Gujarati-style entry arch. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons)|