Monday, December 29, 2008

December 20--Retirement Home in Jorhat

On December 20th, we started the trip back to Jorhat. Ishani's father will be retiring in a year, and they have bought a piece of property where they are building a smaller house for their retirement. Ishani's father is planning to teach yoga and grow medicinal plants--he has his garden already started. While we were there, we saw some women laying out the warp threads for the traditional Assamese red and white towels (gamucha/gamosa). The women in the pictures are laying out enough length for 15 towels. They have a technique for transferring the warp threads to a loom, but we weren't able to observe that. These are used everywhere--for ceremonies, for gifts, for dishes, for headcloths, and for cleaning.

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