First, we went to the Calico Museum, where they have used royal houses from the 19th century to house handwoven textiles dating back to the royal families of 17th century India. Nothing outside of small wallets was allowed inside for the tour, so sadly enough I do not have any pictures of the ah-mazing textiles we saw. A group of twenty of us was shown all the pieces the two houses of the Museum contain by a lady from the Museum, assisted by a couple of other ladies from the Museum, and closely followed by two security guards. We saw intricately woven clothes, covers for their buffalo-drawn carts (including outfits for the buffaloes), turbans, a shrine, curtains, and so much more for the royal families. Each village of the region of Gujarat of India has a distinct pattern and method of weaving, and the art of weaving such textiles is believed to be a god-given gift which individuals are born with, and can never share nor have stolen from them.

After that hour and a half tour, we explored Gandhi’s Ahmedabad home…

– – – gandhi’s room, where he met with other leaders and wrote all his letters from – – –

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