Back in Jaipur

I’m back in Jaipur and incredible India. Once India touches your soul, she doesn’t let go. On arrival in India, I spent another week of volunteering at Wildlife SOS. A short tour afterwards included visits to Mathura, Agra, Vrindavan and of course, Delhi.

What made this particular visit special was meeting up with two of my FB friends, Deepak Agarwal and Brij Ballabh Udaiwal.

I had arranged several weeks prior to my trip, to meet up with Deepak.

He is the proprietor of Hind Natural dyes, in Jaipur. On arrival at the designated meeting spot, on Kishanpole Bazar, I waited briefly when he showed up on his scooter. I hopped on the back and we drove the short distance down a narrow side road to his shuttered shop.

Deepak in his dye shop

Inside, the cosy surroundings had shelves filled with packages of dyes. Deepak sells both natural and synthetic dyes. We chatted briefly while awaiting the inevitable Chai. He showed me his hennaed hands, from his brother’s wedding, which had taken place the day before.

This time of year is wedding season. Loud bands and decked out white horses, brilliant and bejewelled saris are seen frequently on the streets.

I picked out some of the dyes that I wished to purchase (Lac, Brazilwood, Alkanet, Logwood and some Myrobalan). Then, Deepak brought out the measuring scales and electric package sealer

Once the weighing out and sealing of the dye packages was done, it was time to get some Rupees to pay for the parcel. A lengthy walk took us past scooters of all sizes, down side streets filled with men working in various shops and on the streets. We emerged onto a busy street, where we found an ATM that had money! Returning to Deepak’s shop, my dyes had been packed into a box and were ready for the Post office.

At the PO, my box was neatly hand sewn within a piece of white cotton, then sealed with wax seals along all the edges. Another wait to mail the parcel, amidst the chuckles of men queued up in line.

By the time I fly back home, my dyes should be awaiting me, together with my custom sewn white Khadi tunics.

Next up will be an article about my visit to the Indigo dye workshop of textile artist Brij Ballabh Udaiwal, of Sanganer.

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Hi. I'm Maija.

Producer of one of a kind fabrics, I am a Visual/Textile Artist at MaiTribe Studio Gallery, in central Ontario, Canada.

My life and art have been inspired by my travels  to countries such as Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Bali and India.

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