Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Skagit Valley Weavers Guild Followup

I did get Nancy's permission to use this wonderful picture of her on the night of the guild meeting and her presentation on her month long trip to India. She looked stunning in her apple green kurta and scarf. As so often when I hear a program on fiber subjects of interest, I go home and call up my local library website. I am fortunate to belong to one of the best library systems I have encountered, the Sno-Isle library system. I was entranced by the colorful textiles that Nancy both brought back and showed in her pictures. Of course I have seen these textiles occasionally throughout the years but now they had my attention. I found a wonderful book in our local library system titled, The Sari by Mukulika Banerjee and Daniel Miller, ISBN: 1-85973-732-3. Not only does the book have lovely color pictures but delves into the intimate details of what wearing a sari is all about. I learned not only about the sari and the other items of clothing worn but a lot about Indian women and their connection to this particular item of dress. It was a fascinating read and I would highly recommend it if you are at all interested in Indian textiles, dress, and culture.
This week I travel down to the Seattle guild and will have much to report on the program. In the meantime, my own weaving has slowed considerably while we get our house ready to sell. More on the subject and the new adventure later. -Renee

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