I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that our daughter Maddy had been in India on a university textiles tour. Her experience was so special I’ve asked her permission to share some of her photos. So if you’d like to join me …. step this way …
UTS (the University of Technology in Sydney) took 10 second year fashion students
to Delhi for three weeks to see first hand the incredible skills of local artisans.
They experimented with block printing …
and dyeing techniques …
but it was the embroidery that really blew Maddy away.
And it’s easy to see why.
Detailed beyond belief.
Every stitch made my hand.
Maybe Madz has a bit of story teller inside her because this was the
embroidery that she chose to focus on.
It’s called Sujani and every work has its own narrative.
It describes all the simple things that make up a day to day life.
A here and now of the very highest order I’d say.
There was time out to do some shopping … how could you take 10 girls away and not!
And some exploring.
An opportunity to see the wonders of India…
And experience first hand its pressing environmental issues.
It’s a bittersweet moment to watch your little girl step out on her own.
It’s what you want.
But you can’t help but want to protect her too.
For us it’s always been a high priority to try and get the kids out into the wider world,
to encourage them to travel at every opportunity.
To realise that they are part of something much bigger…
This time round, it was lovely sitting on the sideline watching her start her own journey.
Who knows where it will take her but one thing was certain.
She was in the best of hands.
Thankyou so much for everything you shared with our girls.
Happy Hands Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation reviving Indian arts, crafts and culture. The People’s Project is an art studio-cum-residency where rural artists challenge and explore various theories of creativity.
You can buy Happy Hands products online here.
Or follow them on facebook here.
All photos: Madeleine Hogan 2012