Feel like taking a nap like this camel, isn't he amazing. This is not my Baba just some guy we saw in Jaipur
We have found that unless we sit on top of it completely the work is not up to standard, then there are endless stories about why it is late and etc, etc, etc.....It gets too much after a while, so we think if we start our own place it will be reliant on our organizational skills, ability to work out timings and co-ordinate projects- can not be any more time consuming than what we already do and a lot more organized- well that is our theory.
so big day yesterday off to Jaipur, first visiting the khadi wallah and crawling through mountains of handloom cotton to find what we wanted for our tablelinen....do you know the kahdi/ handloom movement is sort of a collection of many co-operatives monitered for standards and wages by the government of India and it has 60 lakh memeber groups; a lakh is a hindi number =100,000...so it has 6 million member groups in the organization- it is huge and supplies work to vast amounts of the poorer sectors of society.
I love khadi!! for the ideals at the base of it as well as a wonderful cloth to use.
Then we met up with our friend Hemant in Sanganer
[if you are travelling in India and want to take workshops with him email me and I will make the contact for you]
yesterday we visited and asked his advise on sewing machines - he added sewing to the family blockprint operations about 2 years ago...starting with 3 machines, they now have 26 and are producing some beautiful garments etc.
I will bring some of his blockprint with me on my next sales trip to Oz....
a big new step is opening up for us and we are rather excited....we are eenjoying the work with our Stitching Ladies and think our own workshop will develop into a good business for us producing exciting quality garments for our clients....