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Archive for August 1st, 2008

Everyday Embroidery

Friday, August 1st, 2008

It’s a crazy-busy weekend once again. I spent Friday helping 2 friends and then dancing at Aladdins at night. Saturday is JazzFest for us. All good, but that gets in the way of much writing here.

So… here is a photo for you until I can chat more. This is the front panel of a dress I bought from another Habibi Dancer who purchased it in Egypt (near the pyramids) in the 1970s.

She lived in the Middle East during that time and worked full time as a dancer to support herself. This was a housedress, sort of what they would wear when we in the US would perhaps wear jeans on an ordinary day.

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The dress fits me perfectly. It has been worn and washed and worn again so much that I do wear it and enjoy it without worrying too much about wearing it out.

The embroidery was done with very thick, very round (tubular) spun cotton threads. It is releatively coarsely stitched, and very definitely hand-produced. I love this dress! Whether or not you love embroidery as I do, surely you can see the enthusiasm and energy the colors bring to my life. Love it.

Have a wonderful weekend, no matter what you find yourself doing. I plan to do the same.