The 700 million people of India are vitally connected to a long history of fragrance making and the use of aromatic materials in everyday life in a way with which we are not that familiar. Even to the degree of weaving fresh aromatic grasses for screens in windows, which when moistened with water, emit a fragrant and cooling breeze into the home. I have read of a number of fragrances based on materials that I have never tried or seen available commerically here, such as Hina (a blend of spices and aromatics still produced in an ancient process with many steps and special apparatus created over use of thousands of years; Mitti (the smell of earth after the rain, using an attar blended with earth itself) Kewda, and a number of others as well as those with which we are all familiar, such as attar of sandalwood, vetiver and jasmine (at least forty types of jasmine). There is still an intimate connection to nature among the vast majority of people and the seasonal changes that come are anticipated by them as much as by the animals, plants and the organisms of the earth among which they live. Christopher McMahon became fascinated by descriptions of the unique and rich botanical life of India through books and was fortunate to be able travel there and find mentors to guide him to the natural perfume producers in a number of different regions. His writing is very evocative and I highly recommend your taking some time to enjoy his fragrant travels via the following link:
The Fragrant Harvest - Indian Aromatic Traditions
Here is a link to an interesting company that exports Indian blended fragrances, their website gives an hint of the different aesthetic and packaging of the modern Indian perfume industry.
Above is the Kewda plant, used in many different ways, one of which is the fragrant woven window screens.