For a year, I traveled the full length of India and into Nepal to speak with sari-makers. I then worked at the Museum of Handicrafts and Textiles in Delhi, examining and documenting the sari collection.
The vast majority of the color slides taken were of sari woven and printed patterns. But sometimes my (grant-funded, thus for research only) film found other subjects. I would say, its proper subject. The ritual slaughter of an animal to Kali in Katmandu. The prayer to the gods in Varanasi. The dying of cotton in rural Gujarat. The fishing nets of Kerali. The hand black printing outside Jaipur.
All photographs were taken in 1997. In 2006, I printed them as Polaroid Emulsion Lifts on 4"x6" watercolour paper.