On Friday, I drove to Sunningdale stopping off in Stonehouse to buy this fabric. I went there to buy my sister, Dorothy, some metres of black cotton as she says it is the best she knows for doing patterning with bleach on. The shop is called Abigail's crafts and I recommend it. Some time ago I bought a length of cotton printed with beach huts from this shop. I used it for covering a journal on bookbinding which is already very nearly full so I wanted some more for another book. They had none of the beach huts but did have this which I liked.
The traffic was quite horrible as it was Friday going home time and it took more than three hours - it took me two hours to come home!
Ruth returned from Mumbai on Saturday morning with a lovely birthday present for me. She inquired in her office for the addresses of places to buy handwoven cloth. She told me that, since they were all men, they all rang up their wives!! A place well off the beaten track was recommended and she was escorted there. She said it was wonderful. The photo shows one piece in cotton which has been block printed with resist. If you look carefully- expand the picture- you can see the shape of the wood block which covers 4 by 5 wheels. The fabric has been been indigoed dyed and then the resist washed out. It is lovely and soft.
There is a label which says the fabric is Ajrakh from Kutch
After all the explanations and exclamations, I went off to the Early Music Shop to deliver the lute and then to La Porte Des Indies for a lovely lunch. The entire family was there which was great - lots of presents and cards. It was a very long lunch and afterwards some of us went shopping and ended up in a champagne bar while the others were all cultural and went to the Photography Museum. I stuck with the champagne.
So now I am home and I need to check that all is prepared for the US trip which starts on Tuesday.