|Banjara women among the sunflowers.|
Team Maiwa is in Southern India at the moment doing some research on the Banjara. It has been a week now, going from thanda to thanda. A thanda is a Banjara settlement. Historically these were temporary as the Banjara were nomadic, but increasingly thandas are becoming more permanent. We have been tremendously fortunate to be able to travel for a little while with Jan and Laxmi Duclos. Jan has lived most of his life in India and his wife, Laxmi Naik Duclos, is herself a Banjara woman and a master of the art of embroidery.
Tomorrow we leave Karnataka. Our days have been humid, dusty, and absolutely incredible.
|Women bring out their embroidery to talk about patterns, mirrors, and cowries.|
|Jan has led us to some beautiful houses also, with wooden beams and traditional structures.|