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The Great Rann of Kutch

A day’s break from a recent textile mission in the historic town of Bhuj in the Gujarat region of northwest India, took me closer to the Pakistani border into the...

The Best Chai – Here’s How

On a recent visit to Jaipur, I was given meticulous instructions as to how to make authentic Indian chai. None of this tea bag stuff, loaded with cinnamon! Cardamom is...

The Royal Weave

Jamdani is an exquisite weaving technique originating from Dhaka, now in Bangladesh, and parts of West Bengal. So fine were the fabrics, and so delicate the woven embellishments, that it...

Patan Patola – 40 generations of tradition

India’s first family of weavers I was reading the other day about an Australian wine maker who claimed status as a second generation producer. It got me thinking about history...