One client just told me she took the time to list us on Wikitravels. What a nice gesture & thanks for your help. We always appreciate your good comments. http://wikitravel.org/en/Jaisalmer
... And now listed on TripAdvisor as of today !!!! http://www.tripadvisor.in/Attraction_Review-g297667-d2453056-Reviews-Jewel_Caravan-Jaisalmer_Rajasthan.html We are currently rated the second best shopping destination in Jaisalmer (the first one being a camel safari agency)! Thanks everyone for the votes!
Good news: our fine silver chains have arrived, so now you have even more choice! Whether you prefer the chunky chains or the delicate ones, you can find them all. It also gives you more options when you want to buy a nice pendant and are looking for the perfect chain to match it.
Otherwise: our new silver anklet collection has just arrived. This traditional ornament has a long history.
A first-century CE epic of Tamil litterature called Cilappatikaram ("The story of the anklet") dealt with a woman whose husband was killed while trying to sell one of her anklets to a dishonest goldsmith. The anklets are described in great detail in the poem. Rajasthani women wear the heaviest type of anklets, they are silver and signify tribals adherence. Metal anklets are of two types - flexible and inflexible. The flexible ones, often called paayal, pajeb or jhanjhar in India, are made by tying links in a chain. Subsequently, sonorous bells can be attached to the chain, so that the wearer can make pleasing sounds while walking. The sound was also a reminder for people that there was a woman around, during the times of Purdah. In India, women usually wear 2 anklets, on on each side.
Wow guys! You have been so kind! I was just revising the comments you left on Google since our shop was indexed in Google maps, and wanted to thank you all for the amazing comments out there... It has been my pleasure to serve you as well. I really enjoyed meeting each and everyone of you. Have safe and happy travels, and if your journeys take you back to Jaisalmer, I will be most pleased to see you again!
India is a popular destination in December, since the climate is more tolerable... no monsoon, no scorching Desert sun... in Jaisalmer, you actually even need a good coat nowadays! The nights can be pretty cold! It is the first time I spend the "winter holidays" in Jaisalmer. It is animated and busy. A lot of tourists are coming to admire the marvels of the city. A few weeks back, we even had a very rare event occuring in our part of the world. A total moon eclipse, occuring during full moon...
Well... it has been quite an adventure. We opened in October 2011, but the place needed major renovations. Our work started end of November. By mid-December, the whole place had a very different look.
Painting the shop.
Oh! Don't laugh! That is actually my first attempt at painting. But come to my shop and you'll see we did a pretty good job!
Putting up the displays.
These walls used to be white and bare, but not for long after I came in! Now it is gleaming with colorful textiles and lavish silk scarves, pretty thangkas and princely embroidered kurtas.
One happy entrepreneur...
Hard work but work well done... finally!
It has been a long day.