Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Dhamadka - Crisis Averted


With September came the news that the blockprinters of Dhamadka and Ajrakhpur have finalized the purchase of their new land. In the spring of 2009 the Maiwa Foundation organized a series of fundraising auctions to provide capital for the new purchase. The site of the former blockprinting studios had become unusable due to falling water tables. What water there was had increasing concentration of impurities such as iron and salt.

The auctions were a fantastic success. We would like to thank everyone who helped, purchased or donated to make the acquisition of the new lands a reality. The Khatris have sent us these photos as well as many expressions of their sincere gratitude.


Photos of the new land ...





In 2007 Ismail and Razzaque participated in the Maiwa Textile Symposium. We've made the audio from the presentations available as a series of podcasts:

Excerpts from Masters of the Art
Razzaque Mohammed Khatri and Ismail Mohammed Khatri
with Eiluned Edwards
Part 1 - Presentation
Part 2 - Questions from the Audience

Excerpts from
Kismet, Ajrakh, and the Fish of Knowledge:
Collaborating with Craftspeople in India

Eiluned Edwards


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