Saturday, December 4, 2010

does anyone know

 

about this piece of silk?
thrift shop again...
28" wide by about 4 yards long
??????
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28 comments:

jude said...

i know it is very cool.

Jacky said...

What a treasure...you find the best things. I love the printing on it.

Jacky xox

kaite said...

Nat (notjustnat)will know, she collects a lot of vintage Japanese fabric. looks like the end of a roll of kimono fabric, they are about 28" wide. lucky you!

Notjustnat said...

Hi my Gracious, I was told my Kaite to check this piece of silk out. I lived in the middle east for total of 10 years. From what I can see is an expensive wrapped cloth for Bashir company in the middle east region. Bashir is either a family name or name and it also means omen, precursor and presage. When I was living there the only wrapped cloth I saw were made of calico and cotton but of course I never went to any expensive stores ha! So being silk would have means 1. from an luxurious store 2. very old. What a lucky find Grace - I wish that thrift shop was near me haha!
Love
Nat

kaite said...

there you are grace, i knew Nat would know. The piece of silk was made in Japan for an Arabic company Bashir and used for wrapping some other expensive article. Wow! k.

Manya Maratou said...

I thought it might be the edge of a djellaba,because of the stamps
lovely

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

WOW. and now what, i am thinking,
does one DO? with such a piece.
hmmmm. it is extremely elegant...
i will take another pic of the
detail.
and yes, Nat, but you have to
just get lucky there too. The
town has a college...a technical
school...New Mexico Mining and
Technical College...many persons
there from other countries teaching
and studying, also the faculty there travel a lot. there were a
couple other pieces of silk...
but not like this one and lucky
me...it was 10 Cent Tuesday.
so...this Wrap cloth was 10 cents.
on it though, is a masking tape
sticker that says 25 cents. must
have been at a yard sale first before drifting down into the
thrift shop. how amazing. it was
stuffed in a cardboard box with
a bunch of random cloth fragments.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Kaite and
Nat
thank you so much for the
information. i would never have
imagined....
xo

deanna7trees said...

an amazing piece of cloth. i'd have a hard time cutting into that but you have enough there to piece it and make it a sizeable quilt or blanket. i'd add a backing and some filler fabric and stitch the 3 layers together. a very lucky find.

Martine said...

Great find Grace..............
XXXm

helen said...

To echo Jude "very cool" you are so lucky!! I would save it for the advanced cloth to cloth-boro and see where Jude takes us. I'm sure you'll find a home for it, but don't just sit on it and put it in hiding, it's too grand. At least hang it on the wall for display until you decide where and what. I see so many people tuck away great pieces for fear of ruining and then never get to appreciate them. sad.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deanna~i could not. ever cut it.
it is perfect. clean and without
any sign of wear, even storage...
and in a way this is a dilemma...
what will i DO with it? just
keep it somewhere?
i guess that's why i like denim.

deanna7trees said...

sorry to hear that, Grace. when i think of using a beautiful cloth, i think of it as giving it love. it needs to be touched and fondled to enhance its beauty.

fabriquefantastique said...

keep it for a while and just enjoy it, eventually its final destination will come to you.

jude said...

i just knew there was a story in this one. which is the cool part. isn't this grand? thanks nat.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deanna~it will go somewhere.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Jan~yes.

Deb G said...

Oh that's good. I'd leave it out where I could see it and touch it...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

deb g~on the table, which is
the
table
where i seem to keep my whole
life that is ongoing
pushing it a little aside so i
can put my plate of food.

nandas said...

thats a great idea grace... a table cloth... that is if you just cannot cut it. i agree with deanna though... its good to use it. i have a roll of shibori kimono fabric that i am having the same isue with... what to do with it. i don't want to cut it.but i want to cut it and make something wonderfu....both at the same time. a friend said to me when i said i could never cut it... well then it will end up where you found it ... at an estate sale after you die... that made me think.

nandas said...

oh... i forgot to ask... does it have that sewn part all the way through? it looks like some type of decorative sewing...

kaite said...

grace i have op shop treasures hung all over my walls, often just on coathangers on a hook. whether its a fancy coat or sarong or rug or even a teeny little silk evening top. i just hang them and admire them until i get bored of them, or find something else to fill that space. k.

Are you curious about me? said...

The silk is wonderful and the markings... I'm sure that you will fit them into such a wonderful piece of work.

How I wish that I could visit a thrift store with you, recycling at it's very best... I can't believe how cheap it is........ I want to visit, just need an articulated lorry to bring home my finds... Sadly the savings that I would make would be lost in the transport costs...

Happy thrifting Grace, from an envious woman from the UK where it is very cold and snow is forcast again.

Penny Berens said...

How amazing is that? You ask a question and someone out there knows the answer!

cristina said...

grace!
not only are the cranes calling me . . .
it looks like I need to visit you and your
treasure filled thrift store, too!
your silk cloth found the perfect home.
enjoy!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

Cristina...yes! but i do need
to say that many trips to the
thrift shop are not so exciting.
often, nothing. but then...
things like this. keeps me going.

Gracie said...

This is such a lovely post and conversation. It is amazing to me how many of us go out and look, to find useful and beautiful things to recover/restore/renew, to be inspired by. So far beyond 'collecting' or 'owning'. If you know what I mean. Thank you.

Notjustnat said...

wow, wow Grace, I am glad my knowledge that I took for granted while living there came in handy. I was telling Kaite that I wish I saved some of them! You know how, can't keep them all! I just thought I will put my 10 cents worth here. You have to make something from it, how about a slow cloth with Middle Eastern favor? Looking forward to see it - Hugs Nat