I started my blog last January with the idea of a visual diary for family, friends and students. The reason for my trip was an invite to a Mela and the graduation of students from Kala Raksha Vidyalaya. Truly amazing. The Fashion Show could have hosted the stages in London, Paris or Rome.
Judy Frater founded the Kala Raksha Trust in 1991 - see link. She has been chosen for the 2009 Sir Misha Black's medal for distinguished services to design education, and will be coming to London to received the award. If you can make it, there will be a Trunk Show with Judy Frater of the work of artisans from Kala Raksha from 25th to 28th March at Joss Graham, 10 Eccleston Street, London SW1W 9LT.
Aly and I spent a wonderful day with Judy at the Design School, sitting in on the Mens' Design Class and enjoying the presentation of homework by Dr. Ismail's nephew. The sample was ajrakh cloth, using first primary colours, then secondary colours, tertiary colours etc. Wow, there were some amazing results - lifting the traditional craft and colour combinations on in a way probably never envisaged before.