3Mar/130

On The Road….Classic Car Road Rally!!!!

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Yesterday I was part of a four person road rally team in a classic car road rally.  (I was a last minute substitute when one of the team decided not to go) All had agreed to wear yellow...and I was loaned one of Jaykirti's yellow shawls so I could match.  First I walked around and took pictures of these classic cars which were mostly American...and up came the memories associated with the cars.  It looks like my memories are classic! There was the '57 Chevy that my neighbor had; the white Ford Thunderbird with red interior; a 57 Cadillac; and I couldn't find the Mustang but was assured that it would be there. If you live long enough, you're classic.  Our car was owned by a jewelry store (jewelers are apparently very wealthy due to the high demand for jewelry....needed for weddings, of course, as well as other things). A Dodge from the '40's.  So off we went following our route. First stop was to make it to the Amber Fort northeast of town.  Unfortunately, the route was shared with midtown traffic in Jaipur, a huge religious procession on the outskirts where they were marching under banners for 120 kms, huge buses ,horses pulling carts, elephants coming home from their shift, cows, and lots of other Sunday traffic.  Driving here is impossible if you don't have a loud horn which is beeped constantly to tell people you're coming, don't cross in front of me, also that you're turning...and our Dodge had a great one and we used it constantly) The seats were well upholstered and thank goodness we got a car with a hood, not an open convertible, because the sun is getting very hot here. Our next stop was a Heritage Hotel for lunch (heritage hotels are the way that the owners of ancestral huge houses/castles can make some money on their property by giving part of it over to being a hotel...they get to live there and the hotel takes care of the upkeep.  This is similar to old English landowners having tours and b&b's in their ancestral homes.  So this was gorgeous and the best things was that they had a whole stand devoted to handmade bread....rotis, naans in tandoori overns, etc.  This is the picture I'm going to post when I get home and title it "Paradise Lost". Then back in the car and on some more bumpy road and finally back to a huge modern hotel for the award presentations.  The Chief Guest was a minister of health from somewhere and a royal person also.  So lots of silver cups were presented.  We won one (and were called the "chiffon team" in honor of the sarees that the three lead members were wearing.  Then home at 7;30!! for supper.  What a great day!  I feel quite honored to have been included and enjoyed it immensely

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1Mar/130

The Absolutely Fabulous Antidote to Forts: A Jain Temple

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While we were waiting for the block makers to finish their recent group of blocks which weren't quite finished, my taxi driver, Hari, took me to the Jain temple nearby.  I have not been to one of these types of temples and it was very peaceful and very contemplative and very old.  After buildings devote to war and external threats and full of crowds, it was wonderful to lose myself in this very old, very peaceful temple.  The sounds of doves and birds fills the air here.  And the walls are lined with special "cases" of each contemplative "buddha" like statue.  And then I went upstairs where the birds and elephants statues were and where there were more "cases".  I don't understand the Jain religion but it seems very contemplative.  And I loved this temple

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1Mar/130

Anokhi Museum of Block Printing

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Nearby is a museum of block printing; it was lovely and explained a lot about the blocks and how they are being displaced.  A huge boost to keeping them alive was the "hippie" use of tie and dye and block prints.  Good to know that those days had such far reaching impacts.ANOHKI MUSEUM of Block Printing 14 ANOHKI MUSEUM of Block Printing 1 DSCN3890 ANOHKI MUSEUM of Block Printing 13

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27Feb/130

Jaykirti Saree Update….More and Varied

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While I sat in the corner working on trying to get my embroidery to work, the block printers and tailors were printing and sewing away.  Here are some of the beautiful fabrics that were made today.  I never get tired of all the beautiful colors and use of the different blocks.  Enjoy!!Jaykirti's sarees 4 Jaykirti's sarees 7 Jaykirti's sarees 8 Jaykirti's sarees 9

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27Feb/130

Photos of the Artist/ArtInn/Devena/Daisy/Trivia

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ArtInn pictures 5 ArtInn pictures 9DSCN3650 DSCN3737 DSCN3561 DSCN3562 DSCN3768Here are a few photos to see some normal things here:  Devena next to the huge hibiscus tree that is in flower now, Daisy under the same tree.  Your friend the artist with her blue bag  ready to walk to Jaykirti's;   Some grocery things: fenugreek greens, which I absolutely love cooked as a vegetable or in filled rotis, the bags that are used in the grocery which are made out of magazine pages pasted together (India has banned the use of plastic bags in groceries...glad to see they are not going to make the mistake we've made in the U.S.) and lastly cows grazing on the side of the road.

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26Feb/132

Hand Painted Silk Pillows by Jaykirti…New LIne

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So the new idea that Jaykirti is following is having silk pillow covers handpainted and then have the pillow backs made to match them...These hand painted birds are spectacular!!!! Most are extinct...and gorgeous....See what you think...and Jaykirti has asked what these might cost in the US....so please give us some help.Jaykirti's Bird Pillows 1 Jaykirti's Bird Pillows 5 Jaykirti's Bird Pillows 3 Jaykirti's Bird Pillows 4 Jaykirti's Bird Pillows 2 Jaykirti's Bird Pillows 7

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26Feb/130

Jaykirti’s Shop Hits Top Speed..See the Sarees!

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Today and yesterday were very busy days in the workshop as the sarees are being printed now.  They need the whole tables as sarees are about 17 feet long.  Most of them are tie and dye with subtle shading and multiple colors.  And of the most sheer chiffons, etc.  Enjoy, you fashion mavens!!

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23Feb/130

Red Hot! Jaykirti’s Shop Goes Into High Gear

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Today the workshop was really humming.  All these different fabrics and designs were zipping by as I worked on my pieces.  Here are some of them And I want to tell you, having tried it, getting those straight lines straight from block to block so the line is perfectly straight is unbelievably difficult...and they do it pretty fast.  amazing.  There are a lot of garments being readied for the fashion exhibition in Delhi in one week.  Jaykirti takes a fair number of garments and hopefully will sell most of them and get a lot of feedback on her designs.  In India chiffon is used for stoles as it is very light and keeps the sun off.  A fabric we don't use much in the States where women don't wear stoles/shawls in the summer as much.

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22Feb/130

Heads Or Tails….You Pick!!

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And on my way home today was the perfect duo...photographically and metaphorically perfect.  DSCN3612 DSCN3611

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22Feb/130

Santa Fe Design Included in Jaykirti’s Workshop Today

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Today, as usual, they were turning out these beautiful designed fabrics.  And I saw this one on the table.  Sure looks like  Santa Fe design/Mexican design/Other ethnic Caucasus design.  DSCN3574 DSCN3579DSCN3577

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