Friday, 20 August 2010

i can do the dreaming bit...









i took these pictures in arraiolos in portugal
where the romans introduced the art of textile dying using plant material

i thought india would like them


and now i read she has a wonderful new project...
'a whirled-wide sewing circle for gatherers, menders, dyers and dreamers'
click here to see it

oh count me in please...
just need a needle and some thread....



10 comments:

iNdi@ said...

india DOES like the pictures very much indeed
and also the beautiful church wall painting a little further up!

kaite said...

and i'm utterly intrigued by the table top - a row of bamboo rods, and those baskets esp at the back of the table, are they clay or a large seed pod? i'd love to know...kaite

Sally said...

glad you did like them india x

hello kaite...welcome to summerland. the bowls are made of cork...they are a speciality of the alentejo region. they are the cork taken from where a limb joins the the trunk...very lovely. the bamboo is used to wind different colours around and keep them separate for making cords...sure theres a technical name but i dont know it :)

the ladies spoke portuguese ...loudly and very very fast...they were fascinating to watch and happy to show their beautiful work

kaite said...

hi Sally, those bowls (i called them baskets before) are certainly very interesting. i didn't think they were clay, they didn't look heavy enough but i never would have thought of cork, that's amazing, thanks for telling me.

Talking of tree wrapping, make sure you use a natural fabric like cotton, linen or hemp, and when you've got your trees wrapped take a few pics, post them up on your blog and send me the link, i'll include it on my wrap't gadget. I intend to post a special feature on it in a few days so it would be good to have a few links already there. cheers and thanks for visiting, i've Followed yours, kaite

Ahipara Girl said...

I too am excited by India's global stitching circle. How fun! I really love the image of all the yarn puddles. Fab stuff. Thanks India for the link over. x

Sally said...

welcome ahipara girl...i love the idea of us all splashing around in yarn and textile puddles! x

nandas said...

oh i have never been to portugal... thanks for sharing a wonderful part of your journey. i always like seeing the women who work with fiber in every country i visit!
very nice post here at summerland! thank you!

Sally said...

thank you for visiting and your lovely comment nandas...portugal and especially the alentejo is well worth a visit if you ever get a chance.

Jacky said...

Thanks for sharing your photos from Portugal...just wonderful!
Lovely to see their textiles and yarns...baskets of foliage and herbs for dyeing. Inspiring.

I too am looking forward to this textile journey with India, a global sewing circle...the joys of the internet.

Jacky xox

Sally said...

Hi Jacky
glad you like the photos...you can sort of imagine the same scene happening for hunderds of years in Arraiolos.
See you on the journey!
Sally