Soon we will begin the next phase of the micro project.\nWe will work with the same ethnic group that we did last time but this time it will be the men who will learn and teach.\nFor, it is the men that weave that particular textile element \u2013 the sash. The women are only involved in finishing the fringe ends of the sash.\n\n\u00a0\n\nThe calendar plan is in place. The tickets booked. The local transport arranged.\nAnd the most important resource has been arranged: the only men who have the skills for this textile art have agreed to be impart their knowledge.\nStudent recruitment has begun \u2013 men of 30+ are being drawn to the purpose.\nLoom production will begin soon. Materials will be procured soon.\nSadly naturally dyed wool is not available so we will make do with what is available. At this stage the focus is on transferring the skill from one generation to the next. And we will move one step at a time and leave natural dyeing for another phase.\nThings have started rolling again. There was no great launch party \u00a0\u2013 no champagne bottles being opened \u2013\u00a0no sounds of fireworks \u2013 no music bands. But in serene slow motion, the butterfly wings are fluttering again\u00a0\u2026.\nKeeping our fingers crossed.\nLuck, destiny, serendipity \u2013 all mostly synonyms\u00a0 for nature & weather in Ladakh \u2013 \u00a0play a huge role in the Himalayas.\n[In 2017 I personally experienced a heartbreaking debacle: My son was to join me for a visit to nomadic kids \u2013 where we had planned an elaborate IQ games project. Everything was in place \u2013 \u00a0a suitcase full of manipulative games \u2013 the people \u2013 the transport \u2013 the schedule \u2013 the plan \u00a0and me. \u00a0Only he was yet to arrive. \u00a0On the night flight from Singapore he reached Delhi with a connecting flight to Leh scheduled for the early hours of the morning. But as luck would have it, there was a snow storm in Ladakh and all flights to and from Leh were grounded. He was stranded at Delhi airport. For the next 3 days this continued. Us waiting stressfully in Leh \u2013 with zero internet in Leh, occasional text messages, listening to the radio for news and watching the airport for flights coming in or gong out. No flights came. With the support of family that offered a relay of messages my son and I managed to stay in contact.\u00a0And finally at the end of 3 days we aborted the mission and I planned to leave Leh for Delhi and onward (which again entailed uncertainty since no flights were coming in). But with some friends who knew friends I managed to get out on the first flight that came in to Leh and was returning to Delhi. \u00a0A month of long preparation ended in null. Heartbreaking for me. But for him \u2013 at the peak of resilience of youth at 20, this did not translate into tragedy as he spent his time binge-watching TV shows downloaded onto his phone!\u00a0At that time I was so dejected that I thought I would never return to Ladakh again.\u00a0But as always one must forget the little debacles and begin moving again. Now I go in with the expectation that this\u00a0can happen in Himalayas \u2026and this uncertainty must be built in to the plan. It is a price I \u00a0am willing to pay for the magnificence the place offers.\nAs Bob Marley said:\n\nAnd she\u2019s more than worth it, so I\u2019m going back again!]\n***\nThanks to everyone who bought from the ebay sale in which many little woven souls assets were converted to cash.\nPreviously done work on the Astitva Project can be seen here.\u00a0\nProgress Update here\njaina mishra\nApril 2018\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post The Astitva Project \u2013 Phase II appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.