Friday, September 17, 2010

At a small Indian weaving center

A very long car ride through a maze of traffic, noise, pollution, and rough outskirts of the city of Hyderabad, India, will (if your taxi driver can find it) bring you to a handloom weaving center run by a proud man with only a first-grade education, who impressively invents and maintains all his own equipment from scrap parts and whatever else his astonishing ingenuity can come up with. (Those are his hands in the top photo.)

Leaving tomorrow for Patna to visit relatives of The Husband, and then Bhagalpur to visit a rural natural-dyeing center. Wish me luck to continue to survive the traffic.

Thank you all so much for your comments and support on my last post!

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Tina Steele Lindsey said...

These photos are amazing. Love them, love the people, love it all. I will have to check out your last post, mentioned, I must have miss it. Safe travels dear Jala!

Bonnie Luria said...

I love seeing this kind of inventive industry. We've become so accustomed to high speed, mass produced, below average products that we lose sight of pockets like these that still exist.
What you're doing will presumably enable small and creative shops to stay alive while offering consumers products that are made with real craftmanship.

Wishing you traffic luck and locks luck. Or a big tub of gel.
Safe travels Jala- you and Sanjay.

Shelley Smart said...

Beautiful hands. Beautiful light on the threads. Your photos are amazing!

Sheila Vaughan said...

Lovely pics Jala - the man who runs the weaving centre is yet another example of how "less formally educated" people not only demonstrate that "education" has little to do with "learning" but also that the kind of learning we do when we have a clear purpose is always the best! Happy travels.

Jala Pfaff said...

Thanks, all. Your wishes are so far continuing to keep us safe in the traffic. Wish especially for the next couple of days; we'll be on the road at least 6 hours a day to get to the Bhagalpur dyeing and weaving center from Patna, where we flew to today. I am sooooo tired.

jane minter said...

these are incredible photos jala ... must be fascinating good luck with your joint venture .