Just arrived back in India, today’s a stopover in Delhi before we fly to the high altitude desert of Buddhist Ladakh. In Delhi we take a look at the ruins of the third Delhi at Feroz Shah Kotla and the 2000 year old Ashoka column.
Our beautiful Appliquéd Bedspreads from Barmer are made by a process of reverse appliqué, a technique where one of two layers of fabric is cut away to produce a pattern, and embroidery added to the exposed under-layer.
My Favourite Things - Tibetan Blankets There’s been a lot of interest in the so called “Tibetan blankets” in our gallery recently. The reason? The sun has come out, the weather is glorious and they make fabulous picnic blankets. You can sit on them or use them like a tablecloth to lay out your spread of outdoor summer food - no need to worry about spills or marks as they machine wash well. They also roll up into a small, light bundle that is easy to carry. When the sun goes down and temperatures cool they make wonderful soft, cosy, light weight wraps...
Wandering round the myriad staircases, corridors and battlements of Neemrana, finding the old water tank, sitting on the carved stone pavilions under the shade of chhatris, looking out over the countryside in the early morning - for a while you can have the rare experience of feeling like you're actually on holiday.
Indian miniature paintings are among our popular products at the moment. We buy these from Mukesh, a fourth-generation painter, who sits and works in the traditional Rajasthani style in his small shop in the market street at Bundi, Rajasthan. One of our favourites depicts a beautiful green dress with gold embroidery on the bodice and red and silver tassels.