Why did I go to India again?
There were 3 reasons why i went back to India. The first because I just love the people, the colour, the sunshine and the food. The second – i was offered some teaching in Mumbai. i taught a group of expat ladies how to make an Indian Ladies panel. It was no different to teaching a group of women in the UK except we had the aircon on rather than the heating. Students were from all around the world. It was a lovely day (apart from the cold I developed) and thanks to Fiona Hogg for being hostess.
The last reason was to visit Fiona and Praveen at the Stitching Project in Pushkar. I first visited them in 2012 when I was with my daughter and her 2 friends and it was the start of a our project to make my flower kits and our friendship.They have extended the workshop so that they have a large printing room now. It will be great when it is put to it’s full use when they have their creative camp there in March.
I arranged to meet them on the highway near Bagru so here is where I waited for them. I caused a little bit of attention as I was busy tying up my fabric using cable ties so that it was ready for putting in the indigo pot
Our first visit was to the block carver who has carved the blocks for my Indian Lady kit.
We then went to a supplier – look at the blocks all beautifully organised.
Next stop was to the indigo man who dyed my fabric for me. Ive seen indigo dying many times but I always enjoy watching the fabric change from green to blue
I love the colours of this rug
On the way home we stopped at a restaurant for a late lunch. I love the translations on menus. I decided not to have cooked cottage
My fabric drying in the sun
i was looking forward to being able to have a few days in the workshop just playing and printing. Here I am printing on to some of my flower kit fabric
I cant remember the names of everyone at the Stitching Project but here are some photos of them
Stitching work was to be collected from a village so we went to collect some stitching from the women.
Each woman is given a bag with some thread and some handles and a small photocopied instruction sheet
The small piece of paper that is the instruction sheet is very important to keep the stitching the correct distance apart.
Here Praveen is handing out the money.
Paying the women seemed a very stressful occasion, as it is important for the women to be taught that the stitching must be neat and straight. Any pieces that had bigger stitches and stitches that wobbled were rejected and the women asked to pull out the stitching and redo it. In the photo you can see one of the girls signing for the money she has just received. The women receive a relatively small amount of money but are very grateful