Carpet Workshop # 8
Last, but not least, is the process of tying the ends in to neat and tidy knots.
Not surprisingly, the process of making one single carpet, from start to finsih, takes several months and involves numerous workers.
Carpet Workshop # 7
We're getting towards the end of the process, with this young lady demonstrating how each 'inquisitive' tuft on the correct side of the carpet is trimmed to ensure every one is the same length and size.
Carpet Workshop # 6
The next person in line - and there are separate people doing each of the various jobs - fluffs up the carpet with a metal brush to ensure the rug is going to be soft and fluffy. You'd think this would be the last stage in the process - but it isn't.
Carpet Workshop # 5
Once the cleaned carpet has dried, another painstaking process takes place: each row of weaving is separated to distinguish between each colour better. What a time consuming and labour intensive preocess!
Carpet Workshop # 3
After the carpet is finished, the loose ends or uneven knots are burnt off on the reverse side with a small blow torch. This is very delicate work, as leaving the blow torch too long in one place, could result in a severe burn, or even worse, a hole in the carpet.
Carpet Workshop # 2
While watching the weaving process, we were encouraged to try our hand at the loom - for a remunreation of course.
Here David is learning the finer details of carpet weaving, and from the look on his face I don't think he is finding it too easy.
Don't know whether this can be considered as a local custom tip? Look at the traffic here, look how they learn to drive here. You should be able to see they have something written very big at the back of big vehicles "Horn Please". Everybody enjoy their horn, I horn you, you horn me, a local custom.
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Jaipur was founded by Sawai Jai Singh II, in 1727 AD. It was possibly the first planned city of India. The pink color was used at the time of building to create an impression of the red sandstone buildings of Mughal cities. In 1876, Jaipur repainted itself pink (no other colour was availbe in such vast quantities) to welcome Prince Albert and Queen Elizabeth II, and thus the name “Pink City” stuck to it
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If you are a smoker, then smoke a BIRI
Walking trough the street of India you will see all the people (i saw only man) smoking such a small sigar, called BIRI. In India there are a lot of tipes of Biri and it is a normality smoke a biri. (it costs also only 5Rs Vs 50/70Rs for a package of cigarettes), they smoke wherever, on trains, buses, restaurants and so on....
If you would need to caugh a bus, a train or a flight, then you will have the problem of the queue.
In India, as well as in a lot of places in Asia, there is no respect for queue
The rule is: the first one speak is the first that has to be listened!
Altough you are waiting for your turn, you will detect that hundreds of people will jump on your shoulder trying to overtake you...it will take away your hair..something really bad! Be patient, that’s the only thing to do!
Teej Festival, Jaipur (July-August): A festival to mark the advent of monsoon. Women dressed in bright colors and a lot of merriment prevails during Teej. Essentially a women's festival, it is interesting to watch them enjoying in groups and at various bazaars where they turn up to shop in all their finery.
Elephant Festival, Jaipur (March-April): A festival to celebrate Holi, this is a great occasion for the visitor to watch several elephant sports and also play this festival of colors. A show is organized with the elephants turning out in their best finery
Kite Festival (held on 14th Jan of every year): A festival with a difference - as kites take to the sky all over Rajasthan. In the evening, kites with lights in them and fireworks brighten the skies above. The main celebrations are in Jaipur and Jodhpur. If you like kite flying, you should be here.
All of the places we saw were wonderful photo opportunities, here at the Amber Fort is a holy man who is happy for you to take his picture for a fee [ about 20 rupees ]
it is best to ask before you take photographs of people, a small tip is usually required
Women like to have beautiful Henna- paintings on their hands.
Many of the designs are almost forgotten. But you can see them in the local museum.
This woman was a Indian tourist visiting the Maharaja Palace.
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