Went yesterday to Handicraft Museum. Contained traditional textiles, carvings, metalworks, statues, ancient artifacts, etc. as well as a replica of a village. There was a section full of vendors selling cloth items, trinkets, pots, etc., but according to Jogender (our driver), the items for sale at the museum are excessively expensive, so we did not bother to consder anything for purchase. There was also a troupe of dancers who were quite talented, and also happened to be cross-dressing–it’s a cultural thing, do not be overly alarmed.
Large cart-like thing, probably to be pulled by an elephant (or two)--I'm there simply to provide scale
Metalwork in a gate
Life-size (or maybe even larger-than-life) metal statues--they remind me a little bit of the Terra Cotta army
Close up of one of the metal statues, I think it looks like a knight (the chess piece)
Today we went shopping for furniture…oh, how intriguing, how captivating (to be read in a voice dripping with sarcasm). Actually, it wasn’t that bad. Traditional Indian furniture is quite ornate and exquisite. There are doorframes made into a bookshelves and doors made into tabletops.
The weather (oh goodness, I’m discussing the weather. How…boring) here isn’t as bad as people might put out, at least in my opinion. It’s in the upper nineties or lower one hundreds, plus humidity. It rained a tiny bit near the American Embassy School yesterday; when I stepped out of the car, my sunglasses fogged up because of the added moisture. The heat doesn’t bother me that much, though.
Current weather: Friday, August 7, 2009