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An Absolute Necessity

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“The work is an absolute necessity for me.
I can’t put it off, I don’t care for anything but the work; that is to say, the pleasure in something else ceases at once and I become melancholy when I can’t go on with my work.
Then I feel like a weaver who sees that his threads are tangled, and the pattern he had on the loom is gone to hell, and all his thought and exertion is lost.”
(From “Stranger on the Earth : A Psychological Biography of Vincent Van Gogh” (1996) by Albert J. Lubin, p. 22)

This is one of our handloom workshops in Varanasi (Benaras).
Varanasi weavers have to struggle with many issues since the industry collapsed fifteen years ago and half the workshops of the city had to close.
RED HALO has settled a program in order to help a few of them, it is a drop in the ocean but in our humble and limited way we are trying to maintain a few people to carry on this amazing heritage which remains in the Eternal city.

RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people who were living with difficulties and education to children.
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Weaving Dreams

Posted in Poetry in Fabric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2011 by designldg

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“We all have our own life to pursue,
Our own kind of dream to be weaving…
And we all have the power
To make wishes come true,
As long as we keep believing.”
(Louisa May Alcott – American Author, 1832-1888)

This is a handloom in one of our workshops in Varanasi (Benaras).
The warp threads pass alternately through a heddle and through a space between the heddles (the shed), so that raising the shaft raises half the threads (those passing through the heddles), and lowering the shaft lowers the same threads—the threads passing through the spaces between the heddles remain in place.
There is magic in the whole process which is made of the same “stuff as dreams are made on” (Shakespeare)…
Varanasi weavers have to struggle with many issues since the industry collapsed fifteen years ago and half the workshops of the city had to close.
RED HALO has settled a program in order to help a few of them, it is a drop in the ocean but in our humble and limited way we are trying to maintain a few people to carry on this heritage.
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RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people living with difficulties and education to children.
“Like” the new RED HALO page on Facebook and join this amazing human adventure in Varanasi.,www.facebook.com/redhalo.in

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A Thousand Fibers

Posted in Poetry in Fabric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 27, 2009 by designldg

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“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” »
(Herman Melville – American writer,1819-1891)

The Muslim cimetery which is nearby some workshops which are manufactering some of our fabrics in Varanasi (Benaras), is the only open space which allows the weavers to strech their “taana” (warp).
Everyone is carefully working there in order to avoid walking on the tombs and it gives an unusal atmosphere to this place.
The cimetery acts like a theatre set where everyone has to play his life and all those thousand fibers seems to be the link between everyone, connecting the deads to us who are living, the shadow of their lost lives to ours which we have to carry on…

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“As long as we keep believing”

Posted in Poetry in Fabric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2009 by designldg

"As long as we keep believing"

 

“We all have our own life to pursue, Our own kind of dream to be weaving… 
And we all have the power To make wishes come true, As long as we keep believing.”
( Louisa May Alcott – American author known for her children’s books, especially the classic Little Women, 1832-1888)

This young Banarsi weaver is checking a string from his hand loom machine.
I took this picture as I was visiting this worshop which is manufacturing silk fabrics that we use in our collections.
This traditional artcraft herited from the Mughal era is transmitted from generation to generation by a Muslim guild in Varanasi (Benaras), the oldest living city in the world.
The weaving process is quite sophisticated, it requires a long training, an amazing ability to remember all this knowledge and discipline.
Those weavers are genuine artists however because of economical problems within a few years half the workshops of the city had to close.
In our humble and limited way we are trying to maintain a few people to carry on this heritage.