Barbie's Indian wardrobe inspired by heritage monuments is just too cute Image: Mattel Toys
Barbie is headed this way, and you must pay attention to the suitcase she packed for her desi vacay, because it is lit. The latest addition to the Barbie collectible series is the Colours of India line inspired by six cultural aspects and landmark sites of the country. In line with the theme of Barbie travelling across India, the pack also contains a mini DIY kit where you can make a paper suitcase for the doll. How cute is that?
In the Colours of India series, the dolls display traditional elements of architecture and design elements of monuments. For instance, you can find the jharokas of Hawa Mahal from Jaipur, the mystical paintings from Ajanta Caves (Maharashtra), the opulent courtyards of Mysore Palace, the grand arches of South Indian heritage palaces, Thirumallai Nayakkar Mahal in Madurai, the vibrant colours from Sikkim's gompas and the striking sheen of marbles from Taj Mahal.
Speaking about Colours of India, Lokesh Kataria, Mattel's head of marketing, says, "By bringing a unique concept of Barbie visiting India, we intend to generate curiosity amongst young girls and inculcate in them the rich treasures of Indian heritage through meaningful play."
If you are wondering how Barbie has dolled up for her Indian journey, take a look at her itinerary and Indian wardobe.
Barbie visits Hawa Mahal
Barbie sets foot into a world away from home as she visits the beautiful Hawa Mahal in India’s Pink City — Jaipur. She is wearing a rani pink lehenga — a long flowing embroidered skirt in a combination styled to reflect the beauty of the iconic Hawa Mahal.
Barbie visits the Ajanta Caves
Barbie is seen at the ancient Ajanta caves, mesmerised by the mystical paintings. Set in the hilly regions of Maharashtra, the Ajanta caves are considered among one of the finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art. Barbie’s skirt and kurta combination are styled to reflect the intricate art and expressive style of the paintings seen in the Ajanta caves.
Barbie visits Thirumallai Nayakkar Mahal in Madurai
Barbie experiences the magnificence and opulence of the royal Thirumallai Nayakkar Mahal in Madurai. The palace, known for its rich cultural history, boasts of a variety of structural finery and gold covered ceilings, which are the key inspirations for Barbie’s saree.
Barbie visits Mysore Palace
Barbie reaches royal Mysore Palace, cherishing the regal landscape of the heritage site. Known for its rich cultural history, the palace adorned with courtyards and gardens is the inspiration to many. Barbie's yellow saree reflects the opulence and regal tones of the Mysore Palace when it is lit up during the Indian festival of Dussehra.
Barbie visits the Gompas at Sikkim
Barbie visits the serene gompas of Sikkim to soak in the vibrant tranquility of the region. The gompas, set in the Himalayan state, are Buddhist centres of learning and a symbol of serenity. Barbie's outfit is inspired by the traditional bakhu, a wrap-around dress worn by Sikkim's Bhutia community.
Barbie visits India's Wonder of the World — Taj Mahal
Barbie steps into a world of romance, grace and love as she sets foot into the Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal's symbolic elegance is reflected in a rich white and gold Anarkali that Barbie adorns.