We’ve spent the last 2 weeks in Udaipur. That’s a fairly long time given most tourists see the city in a few days but we had an agenda to see through – a tailoring agenda! So we had our own designs ready and the material which we’d acquired over the last few months and we were waiting to get to Rajasthan to find a tailor with knowledge of making traditional costumes. Our hotel owner recommended his tailor who just so happened to have a very rare book with hundreds of traditional costume designs and the corresponding tailoring patterns so we thought he can’t go wrong with that. Let’s just say we were wrong and he did indeed manage to go wrong despite possessing this treasure chest of a book!

To cut this story short after 2 weeks of visiting the tailor everyday (often multiple times in the day!) we ended up with several completed pieces which are wearable and lots of material being wasted due to being too small or cut in the wrong way. Anyway that saga is over and we have sent 15kg of clothes back to europe to rid us of the memory of this ordeal for the time being which means unfortunately no photos of the end result for now – you’ll have to wait to see me and the missus wearing them sometime…

Here are some other things we got upto in Udaipur between visits to the tailor.

We tried our hand at rajasthani miniature painting with surprisingly fruitful results!
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We met up with our multitalented Rajasthani friend (again!) and had some laughs at his attempt to write a love letter to his european lady friend.
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We visited the workshop of some Sikligars who are the people who have been making weapons since the time of the Sikh-Moghul battles centuries ago and saw some of their amazing work!
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We enjoyed the lake view from our guesthouse especially at sunset. Udaipur can be a very peaceful place.
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And lastly, back on the Sarangi front, I found an amazing collection of antique instruments in a small shop (not a museum this time!) and couldn’t help but purchase 2 old Sarangis which I want to restore to play! Wish me luck in lugging 3 sarangis around for the remainder of our trip!

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