jodhour, rajasthan blue

old houses at jodhour, india at rajasthan are built with local materials, pink sandstone or the softer red sandstone which are easily cut and shape and later are coated and painted in blue indigo. painting houses blue dates back to the 16th century and was a tradition at that time to identify the homes from the fort above. the city is very sunny, so blue reflects the sun less, keeps the mosquitoes away and residents simply like indigo. 

source: colors of the world, lenclos