Monday 13 March 2017

India 13/03/17

Just after breakfast and I have tidied up. Yesterday we were at Jaisalmer where there is a large fort on top of a hill. Like everywhere else but not like because there is a whole township inside the walls including a highly decorated Jain temple. The stonework is magnificent. These houses are where the Silk Route merchants lived with houses to match their wealth. In the town below there are many more such houses called havelis.

After viewing that and the odd lake we went off for a camel ride. Dorothy and I opted for a camel cart     Which is less uncomfortable than a camel. But just as scary.

See photos below.

When in the fort, there were several stalls selling wood blocks. Many are new but the stall holder assured me that I had bought vintage ones. I do not know what he means by vintage but they looked well used. They are perfect for one of my projects and I can stop worrying about that.

The train is currently sitting in Jodhpur Station and we will go out for yet another Palace. Today is a festival day Holi, where everyone throws colours around. The staff have issued us with white clothes to put on and are very anxious that we do not get our own clothes coloured. Let us see!

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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.