From my recent trip to Calcutta I brought back a lot of things.
Canvases and Brushes: We have our own local vendor Kumars & Sons, who makes canvases and brushes. These survived for more than 20 years without any hassle. You saw some of the samples of my earliest works. All were done on their canvases. These are made here in India and not China made. Their texture is uneven like linen.
Thier brushes are amazingly cheap but survive a longer period of time. I bought one in 2014 and is still in usable condition! These are extremely soft which helps me to achieve the Sargent effect that I am aiming at.
My new thumb box that my dad ordered for me. A local maker made it. He had no prior experience of making artists products. Made out of teak wood. Very hard and slightly heavy. Linseed oil coating. Holds three 4mm 5X7 panels. I am going to attach a latch and two D rings for a strap. It will last a lifetime!