Firstly, Sari Shop has made me decidedly non-rich. However, I will have two new and lovely saris to play with, so this is not such a bad thing.
These are they:
The second is a 9-yard sari, for learning the complex drapes in Chantal Boulanger’s book (I have a 6-yard, but aside from the dhotis, half of the book involves 9-yard drapes, which I cannot do at the moment, unless I cut up a bedsheet). The first is totally out of character for me, color-wise, but is so beautiful I couldn’t pass it up. I am planning on learning to block-print fabric myself in the future, and the printed designs are very inspiring.
So. The things I am thankful for are (1) the grandmother-in-law, whose lovely Easter gift resulted in these sari purchases (I had all but forgotten it in the bottom of my purse, but am glad I did so I didn’t spend it until today!), and (2) the SCA. Allow me to elaborate on (2). I have not, as of yet, figured out a way/place to wear these lovely saris in public. However, there is a party on Sunday which I plan to attend that requires garb, and it seems as though it would be a fantastic first place to wear the sari out (it’s a shame to buy a sari and then never wear it, no? like buying one and then making curtains out of it, which is fine and good, but makes me cringe a little…). I mean, none of us really ever wear our other garb out in public, except for Halloween (I mean, really – where are you going to wear full Elizabethan, plus a ruff and bum roll, except maybe at the Renaissance Festival?). I totally would, but I cannot find an appropriate occasion. Hooray party.
Now, off to find more books on medieval Rajasthan.
Yes.. we should do that some time! Where would we go?
I’ve tore up the house looking for my sari and I’m starting to wonder if it somehow got into a bag of linens that got thrown out from water damage when we lived in TN and our closet flooded. I’ll continue to look though because now its pissing me off that I can’t find it. I do still have a “wrap sari” that I know is in storage.. so I will at least have SOMETHING to wear.
Marvelous! We can go anywhere we want, I suppose. The park? I like the idea of going to the park. I’ll think about it and see if I come up with something good…
I meant to answer you but I couldn’t figure out how to reply again on that post.. I used to wear mine to pagan type gatherings and a few times out to dinner or when I did craft fairs in Colorado. Its a bit different here in Georgia because people are definitely more quick to comment rather than just stare confusedly at you when you wear something strange. I never had a negative response out West.. people just assumed I had either lived in India (I wish), was married to an Indian, or was a Hare’ Krishna.
Your new saris are beautiful! I’m still digging through boxes trying to locate mine… its sort of driving me insane now!
Okay, so plan – we should go out knitting together in saris.
Something tells me that two people together in saris is less weird than one person in a sari (and if they thing we’re hare krishnas, then so be it).