Saturday, December 10, 2016
Friday, December 09, 2016
Crunchy delicious bhagi for breakfast.... #creativeartssafaris #streetfood #fishmarket #mumbai #culturaltourism #tourresearch
A quick trip to Mumbai and the luxury of early morning free to explore. The fish markets bustling local life. #creativeartssafaris #tourresearch #mumbai #fishmarket #culturaltourism
Thursday, December 08, 2016
What a find... beautiful soft pashmina shawls, fine delicate embroidery. A nice addition to our Tactile Textile Tour offerings #creativeartssafaris #tourresearch #textilefix
We are back in Delhi...
Feel like a yoyo.
We are at the Pause for a Cause event, happy to find a lot of interest in our work... .we need it to be able to keep our Stitching Ladies' needles flying.
At the event are many beautiful saris and garments and a family selling magical shawls.
Work like theirs I have only seen in museums.
Long, long ago before the power mill India used to produce a highly desired extremely expensive item.
Wool a light as clouds, softer than your fingers can quite comprehend combed from the bellies of some goat/ sheep type creature high in the Himalayas.
NOTE little bit of poetic licence in the story.
Real pashmina... Woven into shawls that were fine enough to be pulled through a wedding ring.
The really good ones were then embroidered with silken threads....the really, really good ones were completely covered in the smallest stitches that embodied years.... really quite a few years of careful work.
The colonial really loved these shawls....it inspired some guy in Scotland to get the power loom going and using the same designs develop a much cheaper version the beloved Paisley Shawl.
Today you can 'genuine' pashmina all over the place.... 100% pure and rare acrylic and just a few dollars....up to genuine wool with Woven designs....to kashmiri shawls of wool and hand embrodiery- utterly charming and until you see something like I discovered pretty amazing and bold.
These ones are truly delicate and lux8in comparison.
A mother and son team. Mum has been working and training with a group of women for 30 years.... her son is now continuing the work.
We think visiting them at their home here in Delhi will become a beautiful experience on our new Rajasthan tour....
India has amazing textiles....amazing.
It is not often I am completely gobsmacked by something.
Yeh Indian textile heritage and those who help it continue into the future.
I have some pictures of the front but it is that backs that really rock my boat...the slightly abstract feel to the design.
Two more days at the event and 2 more days to siddle over and have a discrete grope!
Blogger is having a hissy fit and I can't load images....will see if Instagram likes them and so they will follow.