In 1972, I was traveling in India for my first time with writer Curtis Hartman. There had been rioting brought on by tensions between the Hindu and Muslim communities in the old ancient city of Varanasi and we found ourselves stuck in a hotel when a 24 hour curfew had been imposed by police. At the bar we met Nasruddin, an enthusiastic young man who suggested we sneak through the police barriers to visit his home in a carpet-weaving village called Bhadohi. In the predawn, we could see camels and elephants loaded with carpet rolls moving slowly along the Grand Trunk Highway, a one-lane road that carried the dense flow of traffic across the center of India. The village was a place of fine craftsmen, all employed in some part of hand making carpets that would be exported to Europe and the United States. It was when I entered the home of the spinner that I first decided I wanted to “follow the tread” of the textile story.
by Cary Wolinsky
Item number: CW0018
Location: Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh, India
Created: 1972 Copyright: 1972
Edition and Image Sizes: Not including border.
27h by 18w inches, edition 30
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Print Method: Archival Inkjet
Signature: Obverse, right side, Cary S Wolinsky
Gallery Information: Pucker Gallery, Boston
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