Incredible India - October 2018

Musings from India - October 2018
Blogs - blah blah blah - I am quite nervous about this my very first blog. But everyone assures me that once you have done the first one - the rest are easy - we will see!
I think the main problem for me has always been wondering if anyone would be interested in reading my ravings!
But as I have been coming to India now for the past 8 years and have always kept a daily journal whilst here - I thought why not put it out there for more people to read?
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I began my journey in 2009 - living in a small coastal town with employment limited - plus my age which was north of 50!! I decided I wanted to do my own thing - fed up with working for others and wanting to create something just for me. I decided that what was needed was a good range of natural fibre clothing aimed at my age group that was affordable, desirable and comfortable.
I visited the Brand India Exhibition in Melbourne and found my first supplier and placed an order with him. All arrived - all were good and I set out selling these items. Every single retailer wanted to know if they were ethically produced in India - as the country had had such bad press regarding child labour, poor working conditions and of course low pay.
In 2010 I ventured over to India to meet my supplier and visit his factory. I am pleased to add that his factory was wonderful and the workers within were all happy and adults!
On this trip I discovered lots of wonderful products and suppliers - I have been working with many of these continually since. we have forged strong work relations and along the way I have found some wonderful charity groups to work with - thus benefiting both myself and the charities they support.
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Now - in October 2018 - things are about to change again - I am no longer going to be wholesaling my range of clothing - but will endeavour to continue visiting the country I have come to love, whilst there, create some beautiful clothing, accessories and guide fellow travellers around this incredible country.
My very first trip is about to begin - I have 9 incredible women joining me on a tailored just for them - trip around Rajasthan. Taking in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur.
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Let the fun begin!

6 comments

  • Delighted to be included in Janet’s first tour group with nine other like minded and fun girls. (I only knew two of these). Wonderful two weeks and not a relentless tour but with options throughout for those wanting to do other things. Janet’s enthusiasm and knowledge of India was commendable.
    Visiting the Taj Mahal, smaller villages, block printing, the school that Janet is involved with, cooking class and of course seeing the diversity of life in India .. to name a few highlights.

    Jane Salter

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