Awhile ago, while doing research for an art installation project, I met these textile artists who work for themselves \u2013 who create their gorgeous art mainly for self-consumption and not for commerce.\nTheir reluctance to make a piece for an outsider was reflected in the entire conversation \u2013 as they quoted a million reasons for not wanting my money.\nThese women work when they have time, alongside their daily household duties. They create because they love to. They create for the ones they love. They create because it gives them pride.\nThe strength of their reasons and values is quite likely the reason why their work is so beautiful.\nThe amount of all the needlework that goes into a piece requires many days of work in addition to the knowhow required to craft it and\u00a0 the meticulous imagination of an engineer proceeding without drawings. Sharp eyesight and discipline are\u00a0 of course is taken for granted!\nIn the home of one of the artists, I met the whole family.\u00a0 The lady in the first image created a skirt for her little granddaughter. No doubt the girl would soon outgrow the skirt and it might be worn only a few times despite the hard work that went into creating it, but the women believed that creating it for the child was far more valuable than creating such an article for sale!\nA completely different world of values \u2013 both delightful and refreshing \u2013 ensconced silently within a world of \u2018modern\u2019 art that is measured mainly in financial terms.\nMay these little tribal capsules of isolated values remain safe from and unadulterated by the values of the \u2018modern\u2019 world for a long long time!\nClick to view slideshow.\nIn the end, I walked away empty-handed without any contract with them to create a large piece of art. Simply because they were not interested in the few thousand dollars on offer.\nWalking away empty-handed never felt so good!\njm\nSep 2012\nThe post Meeting Lambani Textile Artists appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.