During a recent visit to India I was on a mission to buy all the costume fabric for Heber’s upcoming production of ‘The Pearl Fishers’ at a fraction of the cost here in the UK.
A textile outlet in Jaipur was the first port of call for saris. The half-hour tuk-tuk ride to get there was the maddest I’ve ever experienced – crazy Indian driving in chaotic traffic in the dark (no headlights) – like a rollercoaster on the ground. Couldn’t stop laughing...
Our driver waited for the hour it took to find the least expensive saris in an amazing choice of colours and fabrics.
Finally, purchases made... just needed to complete the paperwork.
After travelling south our final destination before returning home was Cherrai Beach. The nearby town was not for tourists but had an abundance of clothing stores where I found lungis for the men at local prices.
Couldn’t resist some more sari fabric as well...
And this is what the (pearl) fishers might look like!