Fabulous trip, such fun to be out exploring again, we just work and are at home if we are not racing off to Delhi for work....both Praveen and I had a pretty hard and miserable life before we met, now with our happy home and working together we are very happy and know we are blessed to have the experience and opportunities, so don't feel sad for us always saying work, work, work we really enjoy it because we share it.
Life is short you don't know what is around the corner,
enjoy every minute.
An unexpected treat driving along the road, this lady had the most beautiful jewellery, bangles all the way up her arms, huge silver anklets and a torq around her neck and an embroidered skirt with shisha.....it is so rare to see those on village ladies these days I had Praveen chasing the motor bike for quite a few kilometres to get this close with out running them down....we are on open highway dodging trucks, cars and ox carts at the time!
his website- I think he explains himself quite well The 2 ladies further up in the picture [and yes I am very rude, I did not write their names down and have completely forgot them]
a mother and her newly married daughter travelled from about 100km out in the desert to meet us.
They live in small villages very close to the border which made it impossible for me a foreigner to just go visit...their families originally came from Pakisthan but after the war of 1971 were all Hindu people were thrown out, for many years they lived in camps until the government could find them land [well desert] out near the border.
About 1500 ladies still embroider in the traditional manner- many have a contract with Fabindia to do work on their clothes and others work for smaller vendors, isolation and lack of education makes it hard for the women to market their work themselves, but good people like Ashok, Fabindia and others' help keep them busy and an ancient tradition alive.
These guys embody generations of fine craftmanship, but with the rather poor wages they can earn as weavers Mullaram is constantly thinking of leaving the profession and not having his children take it up.
Ashok pays Fairtrade prices for what he commisssions, but unfortunatley at the moment he can not move the volume they need to sell [and could produce] to live a reasonable life- you know food, kids to shool, healthcare, perhaps a TV.....mostly they have to sell to other dealers who push the prices right down.
Facebook where there are many more photos by the way...it really adds to oue status travelling with an entourage and then when you say she is our student it is like a big wow- so impressive.
- sizzle some cumin seed and sliced green chilli in a little oil until nice and a little sort of chared on the chilli skins
- add a handfull of finely chopped mint
- stir through fresh yoghurt with a pinch of salt
Have a great day