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Trip to Rustic Rajasthan


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Trip to Rustic Rajasthan
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Selecting thread colours at the patwa jeweler’s

This 4 day trip to Rajasthan was action packed. This time I was on the lookout for bags, pouches, clutches. Though it is challenging to seek out suppliers with something unique to offer, the reward is in selecting articles for patrons who would love to make one of these pieces their own. I also had some pendants from my collection of 15 years that I wanted the patwa jeweller to incorporate into neckpieces.

Something on the way to the airport made me want to explore the possibility of block printing on ikat dupattas. Nidhi caught the flight the next day carrying a whole lot of the dupattas. She also had with her some contemporary designs she wanted to apply to block printing. We traveled into rural Rajasthan to meeting with one of my master block printers. Over the last 15 years, we’ve become family.

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Natural Indigo dyed fabric drying in the sun… the tyre marks are a special touch :-)
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Looking at old blocks and natural dyestuff at the block printer’s

Exchange students from France visit Banjaras


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Exchange students from France visit Banjaras
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Namaste!!

It’s almost become a ritual of sorts. Every visiting batch of exchange students from France has Banjaras on their list of places to see. This time, a group of around 25 students from various schools in France visited. Neeta gave a talk on the various fabrics and fabrics handiwork from around India. The group of girls and boys tried their hand at various materials and were suitably awed. Some of the girls enjoyed a session on saree draping and looked gorgeous in some of the sarees they chose.

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A lesson in saree draping

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A nariyal paan wallah set up on the premises to beat the heat

Recreation + Learning at Gujarat


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Recreation + Learning at Gujarat
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All aboard the Duronto

January – when we take a breather after the months of festivities. This year we decided to chill out in Gujarat. It was also good timing to offer the girls a first hand experience of a hand block printing unit.

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Watching the dyeing process in the block printing unit

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The luxury of afternoon siestas :-)

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Dancing with real life banjarans