The Many Makers of South India
I find it easy to forget sometimes that products are still made my people, rather than enormous automated machines. At In Clover we celebrate artisans and makers who pour everything they have into their crafts and we've been witness to some truly stunning pieces of work. It's not often though you get to quietly observe artisans during their process. Throughout our journey in South India we had the pleasure of stopping to see numerous makers in their workspaces, it was almost impossible to believe that the many intricate and beautiful objects that are for sale and on display in shops are hand crafted. For me the tiles were some of the most wonderful work that we saw. It was quite exceptional to witness how something that appeared in many hotels and restaurants that we visited. Each tile is individually created and the the pattern is repeated again and again until enough are created.
After visiting a colonial property with thousands of these tiles spanning over fifteen bedrooms and vast communal areas, the sheer volume of work necessary to cater for these enormous homes. The tiles are designed to be walked on with bare feet, part of Indian culture requires you remove your shoes in sacred places and this extends to some homes too. Upon entering the disused colonial home your feet connect directly with the tiles and it helps you feel truly rooted to the place and people before you. It only added to our experience of the culture that each statue we saw, each god carved from stone or marble, the paintings on the walls, all made by talented people. It was a privilege to be welcomed in by the makers and to observe the skills that has been passed down for generations.