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.
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.