We are having a quietly exciting week in the workshop, all has started well.
Praveen and I are working hard at learning exactly how to do everything, so here he is working out how to use the stud machine[ a few of our clients like lots and lots of studs]I feel very brave I have learnt how to use the Industral sewing machine- they go so fast!! and I am scared of running over my fingers....when I was teaching felt and Textiles etc I knew so much about what to look out for because if there was a mistake you could make- I would have found it somewhere along the line. I must say now I am making friends with the machine I love the speed :) Like driving- go fast baby!!
To run the workshop effectively we need to be actively involoved, it is interesting as well, hanging out with the guys working for us, getting to see thier strengths and discussing what we make, how to go about it and what improvements they can see to polish off the deisgns or make construction easier.
Satisfaction of satisfaction is we have a pile of properly graded patterns building up on the shelf, and garments are being cut with an eye on not wasting fabric.
We can re-cycle all our offcuts, someone comes around every so often and takes fabric scrap away to be re-cycled- oh joy.
He has always been very hard working and conscientious, and this week we discovered more of why he is so focused, barely into his 20's he supports his whole afmily. His father rarley works, his Mum is almost blind, and he has a younger brother. His new wife recently joined the family and we were asked for lunch.....they are so poor, there house was at the very back of the village, up against the rocky slope of the mountain, one room for a family of 5 - all spick and span, but meagre.
must email a picture to my sons though because they will tease him mercilessly.
Oh and here is a picture of his bottom- I got caught by Praveen taking a photo of a man's bum!!
I am just fastinated by the dhotis the village men wera- diaphonous cotton all bunched up into a nappy like arrangement around the crutch. they would be very cool on your legs but also hide 'eveyrthing'....they are rather bunched up at the back to it lends a bit of a rooster look to the guys profile...mesmerising.