Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Kashgar Livestock Market

They say there has been a livestock market here for 2000 years. It cannot have changed much. Cows, sheep, goats milling about with their owners. Tremendous din. The cows were much the most difficult to be negotiate. If a cow was in the way, the locals just hit it on the rump and yelled. I did not feel quite up to that!! They might not understand an English yell. At one moment there was a lot of yelling just behind me and I looked round to see a bull determined to make a run for it while its rather small owner did an ineffectual job of hanging onto a rope. I did what the locals did - ran for it.

I have never seen so many sheep in my life.

There were goats and a special section for horses. This was because prospective owners get to have a trial gallop. Two of the horses were very splendid and were by themselves with an admiring crowd round them. There were carts for sale. Which were also tried out at high speed.

There were also stalls selling ropes and halters and lots and lots of fast food stalls selling mutton. The rest of the day was as nothing to this!!!!

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I am weaver and - -. I dye my yarns with acid dyes, I paint my warps, put fabric collages and stencils on my weaving. I have three looms, a 12 inch wide, 12 shaft Meyer for demos and courses, a 30 inch Louet Kombo which is nominally portable but has a stand, two extra beams and a home-made device containing a fan reed. And last a 32 shaft Louet Megado which is computer controlled, has a sectional warp and a second warp beam and I am the proud owner of an AVL warping wheel which I love to bits and started by drilling holes in. I inserted a device for putting a cross in. I have just acquired an inkle loom and had a lesson from an expert so I can watch TV and weave at the same time. I am interested in weaving with silk mostly 60/2 although I do quite a bit with 90/2 silk. I also count myself as a bookbinder with a special interest in Coptic binding.