My last morning in India

This is my last morning in India – sunshine and blue skies welcome Diwali – the Festival of Lights!

Here in Kerala it is a one day festival – other parts of India celebrate for five days.

Fireworks and firecrackers, special tiny terra cotta cups are decorated and filled with oil and a wick then a lit to give a beautiful soft light to everything. People shop for gifts, new clothes, gold jewelry and special sweets!

Last night I attended an amazing Diwali party – I had never seen so many beautiful Saris in one place. Even some of the men wore more traditional Indian Garb. There was even a mini-flash mob doing Bollywood dances – they had practiced for a week and it was a great surprise for everyone.

Yesterday the artisans of Aranya and I made one more color and tried different over dyeing techniques on the silk scarves we had previously dyed. Can’t wait until I can once again upload pictures to show everyone their beautiful work.

I am so thankful for my time here and look forward to returning.

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Linda LaBelle

I am a weaver and natural dyer who loves to travel.