25.1.15

Wearing red in winter


I noticed that in winter I wear red quite often. Much more often than in summer. I wonder why...Does it have some warming up effect on me? Or perhaps it just cheers me up more than any other colour. Though why would I need cheering up? Winter here is not as gloomy and grey as in Europe, on the contrary, the days are full of sun light and many trees stay green. Oh well, whatever the reason...as in my previous post, today again you can see me wearing red.

20.1.15

Knitted mini dress and long cardigan


To tell you the truth I am not that good in identifying different shades of same colour. Do you know how many shades of red are there? 57 according to Wikipedia. Seriously? At best I can differ just a few. But there is Turkey Red, Venetian Red, Chilli Red and Fire Engine Red. There is Carmin, Crimson, Cardinal, Ruby and Lust. Are there really people who can differ one from another? I wonder. Anyway, I am wearing today two garments in two different shades of red: a knitted mini dress (marsala?) and a no buttons mohair cardigan (berry-red?).

14.1.15

Horsetail hair embroidery, the unique craft of the Sui people of China

Horsetail hair embroidery, source

Every ethnic group of China has its own unique way of designing and adorning their costumes and textiles. An ethnic minority of the Sui (Shui) counts just about 400 thousand people. For centuries a special traditional type of embroidery has been kept alive by the Sui women. This unique kind of embroidery uses horsetail hair for the needlework.

10.1.15

Aran style sweater


January is the coldest month of the year here in Kathmandu. But I am glad "winter" has finally arrived because firstly, the chilly period is so short here that there is no time for you to get really tired of it, you actually enjoy it; and secondly, that's the time I can show off my coats and woolen sweaters at last. This 100% lamb-wool textured knitted sweater in natural white I bought 7-8 years ago. It is one of those timeless things that one must have in one's wardrobe, it never goes out of fashion, you can wear it as long as it lasts.

6.1.15

Jamawar, the woven jewel of Kashmiri shawls

pashmina jamawar source

Who hasn't heard of Kashmiri shawls? They are world famous for their exquisite softness of material and beauty of design and colour. Of all the types of Kashmiri shawls the most complex, most beautiful and most expensive is the jamawar shawl which is often referred as "woven jewel". Jamawar has always been associated with fine taste, luxury and grandeur and have been passed on as heirlooms in many of India's old families. These shawls were originally worn by noble men in India and Persia. They used to be gifted by rulers to favoured diplomats, or courtiers in gratitude for services, successes, or loyalty. Jamawars woven by Sufis were used for prayers, as table-clothes and spreads during religious festivals.
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