Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sunday, lazy, melting....

One of those Sundays, I am melting and even though here Sunday is a day of work I feel in slug mode.
Wednesday is our Sunday but I am usually much perkier on that day....a life time of routines and programming!
Our workshop is buzzing along nicely, we have lots of work to do and are slowly but surely getting through it.
One of the weavers we work with is always asking for orders and then when we make a big one he is always distracted or having this, that or the other misadventure, slowing everything down.
Well I hesitate to mention him at the moment because he is doing very well and we are getting a steady arrival of parcels of 120 m of lovely Bihar khadi every 5 more parcel and we will have a little mountain of Bihar khadi, Rajasthani khadi from Mr Gaffar and silk cotton from Bhagalpur and be able to head up to our dye guy and make colour.
Dye guys! we have had to change, our old faithful had been driving us nuts for ages with lost fabric, sloppy work and sssslllllloooowwwwwwwwwww work. We have had lots of chats and tried to fix it but got nowhere.
New guy has done a few batches so far and seems to have a lot more to offer in variety and colours and care so we are planning to leave some extra cloth and say what else can you do? Praveen thinks the guy will be quiet exciting to work with.
Hope so.
This week has been rather exciting,
The lovely World Travel supplement In Today's Quilter put together by Jane Rae arrived- the whole booklet is inspiring, she talks of textiles around the world and what people are doing. So there are stories of travel where hands on and real people contact is the focus [smile, smile our Creative Arts Safaris comes under that mantle] and the other aspect of many of the interviews are businesses that  also have strong social commitments to the people they engage with- fair trade ideas. Businesses where informed choices are being made in production and sourcing to make sure everyone involved gets a fair go [ smile, smile again!! our The Stitching Project comes under that mantle]. Business not charity is a sustainable way to the future, training people and letting them find a chance to build their future is empowering and it is where the best and most exciting work is produced, which is what all we textile people love to see.

Rather proud to be included in this :)
And then another notice in a journal written by visitors from a few months back- lovely photos make our place look rather exotic...usually I just see the dust. It is nice to take a minute to appreciate home.
A big thanks to Poppy and Jaz.
If you are in the UK Koumis and Kettle will be having a pop-up shop with some of the haul they collected at our place.
Just getting wound up on tours work this week.
Bengal is full- very pleasing,
Still got seats left in Glorious Ghana and Rajasthan: A Tactile Textile Tour, Teacher's Tour might have a seat or 2- definitely close to being full too.
Booking bonanza starts now with emails flying off left, right and centre!

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