Monday, August 17, 2009

Textiles from Thailand and India

Instead of saying tomorrow, I should learn to say "next time". I promised a look at textile gifts from India and Thailand, and it's taken me longer than I expected to take pictures and do this post.

My daughter recently returned from three weeks in Thailand and India. It was so great to have her back home & hear all about the wonderful things she saw and did. She'd been with a church group, and visited refugee camps, orphanages, and schools. But she also rode an elephant and brought home some fun gifts. I think I've raised her right, because my gifts were all textile related.

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This lovely scarf came from Thailand.
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My gift from India was this big length of fabric.
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This is the end of the long piece of yardage. The dark blue part looks like it was dip dyed.
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This is the border that runs all along the side of the piece.

It's a large piece of light-weight fabric. I'm musing on what I should do with it. It's very long - so there's plenty to work with. I am thinking a skirt, something full but not voluminous. Any thoughts?

Finally, she bought herself a textile gift.
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Here she is (in the middle) with some friends in their Indian finery. I think the girls' clothes are called salwar-kameez - a tunic over pants. My daughter picked a cotton tie-dye. It's not fancy, but she looks great in it. And we've had fun looking at the hand-made fabric. I still need to finish the ends of her scarf, and the threads that tied the tie-dye were still in place when she got dressed that morning. Here are some details of the fabric:
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I think the light spots look like little volcanoes.
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I think these textile gifts are so beautiful and none of them were expensive. We'll all enjoy them for many years.

Next post (see, I do learn sometimes): something is finished!

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