For Valentine’s 2020, we have been collecting #reallovestories celebrating all kinds of love, not just the romantic kind. Our next story is from Molly, and her rendezvous isn’t what you had in mind! Molly’s happily married but she has a steamy once-a-year rendezvous with her husband’s blessing!
Textile designer Molly Mahon told us all about her love-affair with, and passion for, India and for the colour and inspiration it brings her. She is always over there at Valentine’s Day and will be again this year. The first time that she went, she thought it would be a one-off trip to broaden her understanding of block printing. Little did she know, she’d fall in love.
I definitely see my connection with Jaipur as a love story…..I never expected to be so amazed by all that I found there and to really experience the same delightful feelings of love! My heart beats faster, my eyes see more clearly and I can’t tear myself away…
Molly says “I never expected to be so amazed by all that I found there and to really experience the same delightful feelings of love! My heart beats faster, my eyes see more clearly and I can’t tear myself away. I’ll be returning this year for about my 8th trip in the last 5 years.
There is an energy and a feeling of hope there that I find hard to describe, it exudes romance with its pretty pink walls, its commitment to craft and its embellishments every which way you turn – on walls, on fabrics, on clothing – even all over the elephants.
A dawn session to the flower market sets ones heart on fire at the vision of piles and piles of flower hearts tied in beautiful fabrics waiting to be taken off in carts to the temples. The smell of fragrant roses and marigolds mixes with the sweet smells of the chai in the pans, with the chaiwallas calling out ‘chai chai, get your chai’ which is then offered up in little terracotta cups. As Jaipur is in the Rajasthani desert it can be crisp and cold on those mornings and everyone is wrapped in woollen blankets with little fires burning here and there.
I leave England as a wife and a mother of 3 (a very happy one too, by the way!) and I arrive in India as an independent female on an adventure! It is really empowering and fuels me with creative inspiration and a fresh outlook on life which I bring back with me and is now woven into the fabrics and papers I create forever more!”
When Molly comes back to the daily grind, our street sign tea towel is there to remind her of her India.