Dyeing to see the real India

The discovery of a dyed cotton fabric dating back to the Indus Valley civilization shows that the art of dyeing with the use of mordants was well known to the Indian dyers 5,000 years ago. This form of dyeing was responsible for making India famous all over the world for its dyed and printed fabrics. Printed fabrics have also been found in Fostat, the old Cairo City. Recent excavations of Red Sea ports have also brought out a greater range of printed textile. These date back to 800 A.D. There technique and design point to western Indian origin. Indian dyers had mastered the art of dyeing with fast colors from ancient times whereas in Europe this was unknown. Indian dyers were considered magicians by travelers, who saw them putting a white cloth into a pale liquid of indigo dye and when the cloth appeared from the dye bath it was still white. It was only when it came into contact with oxygen and it became blue. Multiple immersions and exposure to the air enriched the color. People felt this was a magical transformation. Printed fabrics were in common use throughout North India, as well as for home use. They also became important export items.




 You could be forgiven for wondering about this when the television shows, documentaries  on  India with Bollywood stars, high rise buildings  and hotels that you need not leave, because every type of souvenir is sold in the hotel foyer.  A ride on an elephant is included in the package along with the ready made turban, but just as you are settling into being a Maharaja,  you are summoned back to the bus.  Tourist,s seem to move at an amazing pace once the tour leader calls.

A busy day is always a must, whizzing around from one place to another exhausted when you get back to the hotel and wondering where have you have been and what was the name of the last white building ( probably the Taj Mahal).  No problem you can look it up in the guide book when you get back. India can replicate a village  complete with artisans in the car park even in the  most conjested city and is always ready for the next tourist bus to roll in.

When you feel that you can be flexible and change from being a tourist to being a traveller, there is another India waiting to be seen.  Real village’s with artisan’s that have  unique skills that have been handed down from generation to generation.  A way of  life that is timeless and that you would normally  only see in the National Geographic magazine

Of course to see all this you have to be with a small group and someone who has lived,worked and played in some of the remotest areas that are still unchanged. Tiger Travel do just that  www.tigertravel.co.uk   My name is Lyn  Baker owner of the company.  Over the coming weeks I will be sharing the real India with you, and who knows you might even be tempted to go and see it for yourself.


Indigo village


New kid on the block

New kid on the block, and I wonder who named him Blanco!! Can't keep up with the goings on at Casa Mulo

Making friends & having fun

Harvey seems to have the knack of finding new friends, especially if they have four legs and they are usually dogs, always  hungry, bedraggled and homeless with huge pleading eyes and never short of a flea or two.!  When it rains you can be sure anyone with  four legs will head for Mulo.  As we already have four cats that have Harvey well under control, he doesn’t  seem to bother about them, unless they move!!!

The situation has changed overnight, a new kid on the block  has arrived.  Harvey waited patiently for her to come off the roof and exchange niceties, like they do, but no such luck it was a long wait for him.  Meanwhile two of his canine  friends arrived to check out the new arrival but left swiftly after being seen of by Harvey.

Can I help you down, said Harvey, I can stand on the chair?   No thank you said Blanco I had  better go.

August Already

I really don’t know where the times goes,  but now is fiesta time in the valley with bands, dancing, blue skies, flamenco and fireworks.   Not exciting for Harvey he hates them, but  long walks and swimming  in the lake later in the day for him is bliss.

Saleres in a trumpet


 August is when we say goodbye to the swallows, they arrive in May and build a nest in the courtyard, which is very convenient because we can watch them being fed while sipping  cool wine  .  This year we had 4 babies, but whilst they all survived their parents misjudged the size of the nest, so they all slept with their bottoms hanging out!

he who shouts loudest gets fed first

do not disturb

some like it hot


I often wonder if we should change the house name from Casa Mulo which means ‘mule house’ to Noahs Ark,  given the amount of  animals that seem to visit.  Snake’s love to bask in the sun and what better place than the olive pot.

 I won’t mention too much about the other pastime’s going on under the post box facing the office window!!


standing in line

 Everyday the village has a good selections of van’s arriving with fresh food and you can guarantee that in the line will be either dogs, usually waiting for the bread van or cats waiting for the fish van. It seems that every dog or cat in the village will always recognise the horn that belongs to  each van.  Needless to say Harvey is always the one at the front of the que.

credit crunch has arrived in the valley

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