I’ve just returned from another Indian journey searching for cloth for Denny Andrews and myself in India. A trip filled with the new and old and surprises on the way Arriving in Delhi after a night flight we spent a couple of days in the hurly burley, travelling around in tuck tucks through streets filled with noise, smells and crowds.
Firstly visiting the regional Government shops including the newly reopened Khadi emporium which is a must for all visitors. It sells everything from handycrafts, clothes, soap, food stuffs and all at fixed prices. This means you are assured a fair price and no haggling for those who are averse to this. I was on the look out for khadi silk, khadi being the hand spun and hand woven textiles and a legacy of Gandhi. There were coloured Dupion silks and the raw Matka silk though none of the lighter weights I was looking for. Then on to the highly recommended Craft Museum where there are constantly changing exhibits as well as a very interesting permanent display,shop, a very good restaurant. We were able to see a tribal art exhibition and for those who have a vision of the intricate and ornate and familiar Indian crafts would be amazed by the vast and varied tribal imagery from the paintings from Andhra Pradesh which resemble Australian aboriginal paintings in their dotted painting style to the dung grounds with rice paste images from Maheshwar.
Then a 23 hour train journey to Hyderabad.
Revisiting Siripuram the ikat village in Andra Pradesh where Denny Andrews has been buying ikat for many years. Wonderful hospitality and fabrics in a beautiful and traditional village. I have visited this village several times and seen various changes. From the pit hand looms to more power looms and an apparent reduction in weaving. Bedspreads are still the main production here and dress fabric which Denny has always loved for her dresses and kaftans is deminishing. The weavers are getting older as their children move away and seek out work in the cities
Then on to a village which weaves silk ikat. We arrive at twilight and are seduced by the glowing colours.
Fascinating reading and the pictures are lovely. Think about putting on a slide show to give at the village shop!
what a beautifully inspiring post…. evocative and tempting me to finally book that passage to India…
Thank you for your comments. Do go to India as it is an amazing place to visit on so many levels
Loved your blog Alex ,I am off to Rajastan in the new year,very excited..happy memories of our workshop in the summertime
Happy Christmas to you both
Thank you Heather. The summer feels along way off at the moment and so a good time to visit Rajasthan. So much to see there. Have a wonderful time in India
Alex, I loved your photographs! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip, see you soon, xxxx
Amazing and beautiful, yes India has so much to offer.
I agree, there is always so much more to see and learn
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