If music would play during epic moments of my life, it would be playing right now. (I can so imagine Somebody New by the Amplifetes. Dunno.) Maybe because I'm writing after 7 months after desperately trying to pull myself out from work, and if not work, out of my bed! *pleads guilty of being excessively lazy*But then again, I have nothing else in life except my love for fashion and friends. And what better way to kick-start writing again than the trip to the hub of Bengal handicrafts? With friends. And a heavy dose of fashion.
Shantiniketan is a small town in West Bengal, a 3 hour train journey from Calcutta. Here you get artisans who know ANY Bengal craft-work, special mention of the Jute artifact making, different embroideries and dyeing techniques. The market places are filled with amazing local craft-works. And oh, you would LOVE the haat which is basically a small fair where all the artisans exhibit their crafts. In between a forest. YES! It's beautiful with the Baul singers singing and the faint hint of monsoon lingering in the air.
|Photo Courtesy: Arnab Paul.|
|The tracing of one of the neck-pieces onto the Cotton Fabric.|
|Surabhi working on the beading of one of the neck-pieces.|
|Soumen trying his hand at Kantha.|