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.