Before I show you what I've been up to, I first want to thank everyone who donated to my GiveIndia campaign! I truly appreciate the generosity of everyone. Your donations will be put to use helping the resilient children of Jaipur. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
So...right before I left for the U.S. in November, my friends Marcela, Isilda and I went to visit the village of Bagru to see the Block Print House. I had met the owner, Deepak, the week before when he came to Vatsalya to introduce and train village women in block printing.
The women were very excited to all try the block printing. An area has been set up on the Vatsalya campus in order to train and produce items. I hope it will be successful for them!
After talking with Deepak that day, he invited me to visit his workshop and I was excited to see the whole process. The men of his family have been block printers for many generations and export items to Europe, Australia, and the United States.
|Natural Indigo dye that has been steeped for several years.|
|Hand-made wooden stamps|
|The blue scarf here shows dabu resist.|
|Here the fabrics are laid outside to dry after being dyed.|
|Marcela was a very focused block printer!|
|We were not as quick or accurate at block printing, but we had so much fun! We worked together to create a beautiful design.|
|The finished product!|
I am still digesting the crazy experience I had today which I look forward to sharing with you soon...
But for now, I am very happy in India, exploring something new every day!