V&A trip successful - ari work,dyes & blocks,jewelry
- Trip was successful from my point of view.Not enough
time to cover all the areas I was asked to in any
satisfactory depth but will be going down (several
times) again after September 19th to visit and speak
to Rosemary Crill - very nice woman and shoots from
Madhavi - Your coverlet is currently on exhibit.Its
also lined so there is no real way to verify your
suspicions of ari work.Rosemary Crill did take me into
the vaults and show me other examples where the
backing is rotted - its needle hand sewing chain
stitch.Its possible that the filling work on the
antelope you refer to is ari work mixed with needle
chain stitch but nothing can be certain as long as the
backing cloth is in place.Sorry I can't help out
more.If you want pics of the other stuff Rosemary has
given me permission to do so.
Lakshmi - You've a soul-mate at the V&A as excited
about dyes and block printing as you are.Rosemary is
going to do some digging around for you and set-up an
appointment for me to scratch around and check out
what text examples they have available.This could take
a while to study completely - OK?
Meenakshi - Rosemary agrees with you about the black
thread being silk cords interspersed amongst the
pearls.She isn't very strong on jewelry and is
looking for someone at the V&A who can give you better
guidence and make serious recommendations.She did
mention Untracht and ask if you'd contacted him. < :
>>> She agreed to boot around the idea for some leadswho specialise in this area internationally viz
India.She also advised me to contact Susan Stronge and
use her name to introduce us/myself and see what she
has to offer.
Book store was drooling alley!
I didn't buy anything this time around as I was tight
on time.Trip took 3.5 hours one way and Euston Sq.
Tube Station was a nightmare - I made my date with 15
minutes to spare.
Have some sewing details that I'll post later.I'm
shattered and need my food and bed right now.
Nothing stella but concrete for construction.
(Varak-ka-kaam Collection isn't the caliber of the
piece shown in Ritu Kumar's book,baring a couple of
lengthes of fabric.But a wonderful collection of
every-day stuff and wildly exciting.Worked on 24
examples and there are two more draws to go.)
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