Jyotir Lingum Yatra

A travel log for my journey to 10 Jyotir Lingums throughout south and central India, November-December 2002 with my yoga group, Dhyanyoga Centers.

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Thursday, January 23, 2003
For my fiber arts/spinning galpals (and guypals)...

Today we got what seemed like a foot of snow in the Charlotte, NC area. In the South, most everything closes due to snow, including the library where I work, because there is no decent snow removal equipment. So I had some extra time today to think about what pictures I wanted to put up next.

The following pictures are from a cottage industry shop in Aurangabad, India. They had some looms in the front room of this establishment, so they could show us the unquestionable amount of work that goes into some of the textiles they make, particularly the panthani silk sarees.

All the looms had projects in-process on them.

While the looms might have looked ancient, fiber art-heads know that the process has gone essentially unchanged for centuries.

Aren't these colors vibrant?!

A panthani silk saree in process. As I recall these take over one month to weave, and cost several hundred dollars, even by Indian standards.

As some of you will notice immediately, these are quill spinning wheels, evidentally made from bicycle tires, for spinning fine silk. I know at least one member of my spinning guild that has been ingenious enough to make something like this herself!