Saturday, December 13, 2008

Indian prints.....

My DH's early Christmas present arrived...and he gave Elly the box...needless to say she's played for 2 days in this box and my older daughter wants her own box now too... This is my older daughter..."getting into" the presents..and shaking them. She can barely wait until Christmas.

These are the fabrics my Mother in law brought from India. They are hand dyed...batiks....traditional colors and fabrics for Indians. They cost about $1-$2 dollars a meter...and that was a high price compared to 5 years ago. Since most Indians are getting an education, working, buying cars and jewelry and things they've never been able to buy...the prices have gone up considerably.

These bright red -yellow prints are a very very thin cottons printed with designs known in the Jaipur region. Their techniques are centuries old. They are so thin that I don't know that I will be able to make a quilt with them. I do like them very much because they are such a traditional Indian fabrics. I want my children to see and feel some textiles and items from India, and hopefully visit there one day. I'd like them to know about their heritage and where my husband was born, and their grandparents grew up. India is such a rich culture full of multiple languages, diversity of religion, and industry, I hope my kids are as interested, as I am, someday.





5 comments:

Guðrún said...

Beautiful fabrics. I am sure you will teach them to care about India.

Jackie said...

Those are fabulous fabrics. I collect African fabrics as my husband started me on them when he went to Tanzania one year and brought back some for me to use. What a nice way to teach your girls about their heritage.

quilter000 said...

Hi Lady what a pretty girl!!! and your fabrics are super. Maybe a sundress for the girls for this summer would be nice or some sort of wrap for each of them and some nice sandals. Your tree looked nice too by the way . I need to put mine up yet!!!
quilter000

Connie W said...

Love the photos!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Great fabrics!! And kids will be kids with boxes to play in and presents to shake!!!