Friday, 10 March 2017

India 090317

First we toured the Cottage Crafts Museum. I fell in with a weaver sitting by his drawloom in the textiles gallery. I ended up by getting an escorted tour of that gallery and was taught as bout the different weaving styles from each region. I must have inspected 100 saris. It was all great fun and very informative. Then we visited the National Museum and looked at a large number of  miniature painting sorted by region and age. Lots of different styles and I liked Rajasthan 17th century. Taxiing about the city showed a lot of lorries. So here is one!

Eventually we returned to the hotel and were taxied round to the Palace on Wheels. I had not realised that I would be addressed as Maharani! Anyway it is good and this is the place to show photos of the train.

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.