Priscilla Kibbee

I love to travel all over the globe shopping for textiles to add to my wearable art. I have taught quilting to school children in Nepal, seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey where I also served as a judge at 2 of their International Quilt Shows. I have created garments for 5 Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teach classes on embellishment and wearable art. Lately I have been leaning more toward making art quilts.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Gandhi Ashram Ahmedabad and the Last Evening

Our last stop was at the Gandhi Ashram . It was from here than he began the Salt Satyagraha which was a campaign of nonviolent protest against the British salt tax in colonial India which began with the Salt March to Dandi on March 12, 1930. It was the first act of organized opposition to British rule after Purna Swaraj, the declaration of independence by the Indian National Congress. Mahatma Gandhi led the Dandi march from here to Dandi, Gujurat to produce salt without paying the tax, with growing numbers of Indians joining him along the way. When Gandhi broke the salt laws in Dandi at the conclusion of the march on April 6, 1930, it sparked large scale acts of civil disobedience against the British Raj salt laws by millions of Indians.
Gandhi was arrested on May 5, 1930, just days before his planned raid on the Dharasana Salt Works. The Dandi March and the ensuing Salt March drew worldwide attention to the Indian independence movement through extensive newspaper and newsreel coverage. The satyagraha against the salt tax continued for almost a year, ending with Gandhi's release from jail and negotiations with Viceroy Lord Irwin at the Second Round Table Conference Over 80,000 Indians were jailed as a result of the Salt Satyagraha. The campaign had a significant effect on changing world and British attitudes toward Indian independence, and caused large numbers of Indians to actively join the fight for the first time, but failed to win major concessions from the British.
Gandhi lived here from 1917 until the Salt March and vowed he would not return until India gained independence.
The buildings contain a small museum and book store in addition to these wonderful paintings.

The building where Gandhi stayed is pretty much as he left it.

His room.

Back to my beautiful hotel to wait for the late evening train. I would have been happy to just sit quietly in the lobby and have a bit of supper. They would have none of it. I was given my suite back for two hours complimentary so that I could "freshen up and change clothes" if I wanted. It was nice to bask in the air conditioning and relax on the comfy sofa.

I went down to the simpler restaurant and had some delicious vegetable samosas. This area is very vegetarian.
Then if was off in the pouring rain to the train station. Unfortunately my car was at the front of the train and not under the roof so I got soaked.

It was on this leg of the trip where the old lady took my berth. But it was a fairly short ride and really cheap. Around $11. I had a regular lower berth.

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