"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." ~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Monday, January 22, 2007

Will be brief now

I went to Kanchipuram in search for silk threads. This is the place where the famous Kanchipuram silk sarees come from. A pity I didn't have enough time to walk around, which I would have loved to do, as I was due to fly back that day. So the pictures I got were not very good. Anyway I don't want to bore you too much. You can read about the place in the link I have given you. A typical house in the town. I noticed most of them had this tiny verandha with 2 wooden pillers in the front.
A man weaving a silk sari. This cottage industry is still thriving. I was told it takes at least 15 days to weave a silk sari. All Kanchipuram silk sarees are hand woven and the price ofcourse varies according to the zari work and the weight of the silk.
Some women on the roadside preparing cotton threads for weaving.
This is the silk yarn that I bought and it was very cheap. Not sure what I am going to do with it but I am sure I will think of something. The colours are gorgeous aren't they.


  1. I loved looking at the ancient temples pictures at the link you gave. I have a thing for ancient temples and really enjoyed the photos. And the photos of the silk saris being made were wonderful! 15 days of weaving-wow! That silk yarn you bought is so pretty- such rich and vibrant colors. I am sure you will put it to good use.
    Thank you for sharing photos of your trip to India- gives those of us who can't travel there to get a glimpse of your homeland. It's easy to see why you go back every year.
    Linda F from FL

  2. Oh! What glorious colors~!

    Thanks for feeding my armchair traveling addiction!

    Also enjoyed your class pix very much, your class all did excellant,your doing good work teaching Shashi!

  4. I love those colors! It looks so rich and lustrous. Can't wait to see what you do with it. Thanks for sharing the photos - they are fascinating!

  5. I think that silk yarn is pretty enough to be placed in a basket & set on a coffee table as a decorative piece! I'm serious! Too beautiful to use! LOL! The colors are brilliant! Thank you again for allowing us to travel through you! It's so fascinating to a person like me who has never had the opportunity to travel but who so dearly loves exploring other places, people, and cultures! I need the Hindi phrase, please, for THANK YOU!

  6. Shashi
    wot a wonderful site- the villiage and the info on the hand woven saris - girl I woulda given my eye teethy to see that fuirst hand so thank you for taking me there!
    As to your gorjas silkewn threads- oh my - theres so many things you can do with them- and I am only thinking embroidery- but Kais suggestion is a beaut!! I would bne sitting all day playing with them and feeling thesilken strands and putting them togethr colourways and oh Shashi- envy is not a pretty word but I am envious of ya here darling!!
    love n hugs bear xoxoxoxoxoxoxo


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