Saturday, August 28, 2010

Organising a wedding tent

Have just returned from yet another wonderous trip to India.

While there I had a frantic  text message  "could you please find an amazing tent for a 50th birthday celebration.... in 10 days". I immediately phoned my great trader friends in Jaipur for an instant vintage wedding tent.  They were up for the challenge and called their tailor who cycled in from his village to commence work on the 12 metre x 6 metre tent.  He worked night and day, sewing together endless exquisite vintage applique panels and completed the tent in 5 days.  71 kilos all rolled into a giant bundle of bubble wrap and couriered express beyond express.  A vintage sari and turban followed, of course, to complete the maharajah and maharani celebrations.  I must say it was all rather nervewracking and I was totally thrilled it was so appreciated.  Couldn't have been done without mobile phone, photos, e-mails and texting....all done in 98% humidity and 35 degree heat, not to mention monsoon floods as the car floated across the street.

Here are some photos of the tent erected in pre party decor mode.....