The Journey to Maheshwar

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Last year we had the pleasure of travelling from Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujarat to Maheshwar, a town in the Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh, in Central India. The journey itself was stunning, we drove through amazing subtropical hill side with small weaving and farming villages scattered along the way. The chai and samosa stops were a relaxing break from the speedy car journey, enjoying the beaming smiles from the farmers passing by.

 

The town of roughly 30,000 people lies on the north bank of the Narmada River. It is a popular pilgrim destination and is believed to be built on an ancient holy city. It has been the centre for hand loom weaving since the 5th century,  Maheshwari hand loom Saris and fabrics have a unique design which features bold stripes and check patterns, a very different aesthetic to many other hand loom fabrics across India.  

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The Narmada Ghat is enchanting and comes alive at sunset and sunrise, the colours, the chanting and the incense, it was a lovely place to breath and re group after our busy first week in India.

Hannah Mitchell