2006 - 2007
Many of these crossing interests led me to India and the Netherlands at the time.
In 2006, I moved to Hyderabad, India, to learn more about the environmental challenges this part of the world faced regarding textile manufacturing. I wanted to find my place within the grassroots initiatives and organizations that were actively working towards challenging the destructive norms around textile production that have devastated the local ecosystems and eroded culturally historical art forms and hyperlocal craft like weaving and dyeing. I became interested in Vandana Shiva's work with seed sovereignty, met like-minded artists working with natural dyes and their medicinal properties, and learned more about the small farms desperately trying to maintain traditional regenerative cotton farming in the face of genetically modified BT cotton.
I spent 8 months traveling throughout India and Nepal, listening and absorbing everything I could. I had barely touched the surface, but a sacred seed had been planted. I made deep lifelong friendships and fell profoundly in love with a country that effortlessly transforms the profane into the holy, instilling within me the ability to recognize the divinity in everything. I knew I'd come back one day.