Thursday, October 25

Teaching the History of Indian and Western Costume and Traditional Indian Textiles

  I spent about two weeks teaching a bunch of enthusiastic students the history of Indian and Western Fashion and Traditional Indian Textiles at the Kerala State Institute of Design, Kollam.
The weaving studio.
I couldn't decide which was my favourite - the owl or the chameleon
 The Foundation studies classroom which overlook the amphitheater. 
A wonderful campus with fantastic murals on the walls of the buildings.

 The Product design workshop. 

Monday, October 1

October's here


 I got up early last week, drew back the curtains in our bedroom and was greeted by this marvellous sight.
The magic of rain which was like a fine mist and early morning sunshine.
 At times I despair but a sight such as this rainbow gives me hope. I welcome all that October has to offer with open arms. At present it's rain, lots of it every night. A commission, which was quite unexpected and a teaching assignment.
Hope you have a great October. 

Friday, September 14

Getting started on the festive season

Every year I think I should start making Christmas ornaments in January but that's never happened. It's usually a mad scramble sometime in late October to get things started.
This year on the 1st of September I decided I would make an ornament a day.
It's the 14th today and I'm averaging an ornament in three days. Not too bad.   

Friday, August 31

In search of the Neelakurinji

It's twelve years since the Kurinji flowered last.
People have been venturing out to view hillsides a purple hue and I wanted to see this phenomena too.
So on Tuesday along with a school friend and hubby dearest, we set out to find the hillside bathed in Kurinji blooms.

The Strobilanthes kunthiana grows in rocky outcrops 
After much driving around and huffing and puffing up through a tea garden we finally found the Kurinji blooming high up on a hill in Kil Kotagiri.  
 The tea pluckers told us the blooms were in full bloom two weeks back and are now withering and drying up.
 It was a great day and worth the trek up the hill through the tea.We got to know later that there are bears in the area. Good we didn't encounter any.

Friday, June 1

Progress on 1 Year of Stitches 2018 at the end of May

 It has been a busy month with guests at our B n B but there have been periods of quiet when I could put up my legs and take out One Year of Stitches and add a couple of lines of embroidery.
Doing embroidery has been a contemplative affair. Contemplating the attitude of people because it's been a month of interactions with so many different types of people.
The learning for me has been to be more like those who are appreciative of people and the service they provide, sensitive to the environment and the judicious use of resources. There are those who have come into our lives, luckily for a very brief period to remind us that your attitude and demeanour determines the response you recieve from other people. There is no excuse for high handedness. There's no free lunch, you have to pay. Don't blame people, the place, the traffic or the weather for choices you have made. Finally happiness and the creation of great memories aren't packaged goods, it's a state of your mind.
I'm off to make caramel custard for dessert tonight.
Remembering a childhood friend who passed on last year on the 1st of June. Miss your zest for life and brilliant smile Monisha.

Monday, April 30

Purple Haze


By the end of March the mountain side is dotted with hazy purple. The Jacaranda begin to bloom.  
Captured with my cellphone. 
Jacaranda trees line the mountain road which leads down to the plains.  
 


 The Jacaranda trees are in bloom for about a month. Purple gives way to the yellow blooms of the Laburnum or Amaltas by mid April, right around the time it's Vishu which is on April 14th each year  and then the orange of the Flame of the Forest. It's a pleasure driving down the ghat roads.
What's blooming in your neck of the woods? 

Saturday, March 31

One Year of Stitches 2018 - At the end of March

 The One year of Stitches 2018 goes along with me in my bag when I travel. I worked on it when I was in Bhubaneshwar.
The kittens, Gin and Tonic, got their claws into the woven wheel which was meant to represent Tonic so it looks a bit ragged. I'm leaving it that way.
It's the end of March and as I type it's begun to rain and there's sunshine too. When there's sunshine and rain at the same time my mum will say 'it's the fox's wedding'.Sunshine and rain gave way to rain and hail. These must be the April showers which will bring May flowers. This year the fence should be up in the next two weeks and the bison will be kept out so we can hope the garden will be a riot of colours and blooms by the time it's May.
Happy Easter to all those celebrating. Hubby dearest and I observed Lent this year and we are going to have Easter dinner with friends and neighbours.

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