Indian people are very colorful. They wear all kinds of colors and patterns mixed. Some look elegant, often have a beautiful walk, probably resulting from carrying loads on their heads, but what they all have in common is very beautiful hair. Especially the ladies, their hair is thick and really blue black. We in the west can only be green with envy.
This morning I have decided to go to the Crafts Museum. When I got there, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Craftsmen and women had their little booths or huts, the place was full of old hand built buildings, and colorful craft was displayed everywhere for the visitors to purchase.
There were basket weavers, craftsmen making and painting little lacquer boxes, carpet weavers, weavers with wonderful Pashmina, Cashmere, wool, cotton and silk shawls and stoles. I visited with all of them, was served Indian tea, and bought plenty – it’s hard to stop!
There were painters, artists with paper art, umbrella makers, potters, embroiderers, rug weavers, broom makers, lantern makers, doll makers, kite makers, wind hose makers, purse makers, shirt makers…. whatever you can make by hand, is made and displayed there. A shopping paradise and feast for the eyes, not only for Designers.
Not only were the various craft booths worth seeing, but also the walls surrounding the whole area were carved, many of the little huts had beautiful paintings outside, or sometimes inside. There is a small theater inside with the most beautifully carved entrance. There is a court with metal figurines and a large altar.
Then there is the real museum within these walls, the place you go into and find all kinds of indigenous crafts, which are both beautiful and useful and have actually been used for centuries.