Street food in Dakar & suburbs 4: the construction

On every street corner, too, various street food outlets compete for customers with other types of businesses. These places are either "canteens" or garages of houses transformed into catering spaces with a large table and wooden benches around for customers, or metal or wooden kiosks glued to a wall or by the roadside.

The materials used are numerous: stainless steel or plastic or glass containers, spoons, dishes, a gas bottle or coal furnace, plastic basins for laundry, a few 20-litre oil cans recycled into water reserves and a stack of newspaper used as packaging.

Battling Covid 19 with thalis

The sounds in the audio may resemble expressions of jubilation - a win in a game perhaps. But these aren't meant to be. Inspired by Italy, the PM of India, Mr N. Modi, in national telecast called upon Indians to bang thalis or utensil or clap for five minutes at 5:00 pm from their balconies, windows or outside their own doors as part of the Janta Curfew on 22 March 2020. The gesture was in part to show appreciation to the first responders. While it may have been meant to be encouraging. Some people burst fire crakcers.

The current condition of luntaya acheik's weaving

In the weaving of luntaya acheik (the wavy rope pattern created through the use of a hundred shuttles loom and silk thread), it was mainly based on seven elementary designs and 33 ropes. In the Konbaung period, it was a royal fabric that only the king and queen were allowed to wear. Later, everyone can wear this acheik. They have to wear the special ceremonies such as novitiation, wedding, State level, and convocation. It is a valuable fabric and an important role.

Learning while walking in the forest: Where the village practices shifting cultivation

Every day, the youth of Huay Hin Lad Nai community go into the forest to find food. The forest serves as the local supermarket. Accompanying them into the forest today are students from Chiang Mai University, who are part of school's Ethnic Studies and Development program. Both the students and the youth group wake up early at 5:00 a.m to go and learn in the forest together. The local youth share stories about shifting cultivation, properties of variety of vegetables and herbs, and their way of living with the forest and nature.

Dyeing Thread

The locals did not dye before1988 because the cooperative department gave out the ready-made dyed threads. In later years, they permitted the private businesses to undertake dyeing. They dye yarn for themselves as well as for sale.

There are two kinds of dyes: natural and chemical. There are two types of dyeing techniques: hot dyeing and cool dyeing. For dyeing process, warm or hot water, cold water, glue-liquid, dye and glove are required. The dyeing process follows the cycle of cleaning (purifying), dyeing, wringing, shaking off, and putting out to dry.

Cloth as vehicle of Malian crisis

This large cotton boubou, well sewn, shows one of the designs that reflect the Malian crisis. The product comes from Douentza (located in the 5th region of Mali). The elements seen on the boubou illustrate the proliferation of the crisis. The arrangement of the designs forms a chain of problems. Each element is in the form of a hook and the two small dashes from top to bottom show the continuation of the chain.

The blue belt

Surajit Sarkar, Centre for Community Knowledge, Ambedkar University Delhi wrote The blue belt for the session on Day 2: Reading/Writing/Re-writing/Telling/Re-telling using prompts, 20 December 2019.

Reading ‘Recipes for Re-enchantment’ allowed a reinterpretation of my ‘Blue Canvas Belt’, which I bought last month after waiting for something like it since 2015.


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