Vishnu and Lakshmi Dancing Potholers, Sold Out

Lakshmi and Vishnu Dancing Potholder

When I was in India, we went to a Fair Trade outdoor market in the Village of Bolpur.  The hard packed earth was covered with blankets and so many different things for sale.  I was mostly interested in the fabric, which there was a lot of.

Folded into neat squares covering large areas of ground were hundreds of different kinds of Sari fabric.

Needless to say, it was hard to choose which ones to buy.  But I had help.  Barnali, one of the women who works at the Women’s Interlink Foundation walked around with me and dickered with the sellers.  She told me when I was being charged too much and always got a lower price than they first asked for.

A piece of Sari fabric laid out in my studio.

Sari fabric is long.  I haven’t actually measured it, but you get about 8 yards and the pieces I got were around $10-$15.  Some of the fancier fabrics are more expensive, but I was looking for cotton with unique prints and bright colors.

When making a Sari from the fabric, the piece of fabric on the end of the material, the one without the fringe, is cut off and made into a small shirt.  The rest of the fabric stays whole and  is tucked and draped the woman wearing it.  One safety-pin is sometimes used to pin the Sari on the shoulder.

I was told that it was Vishnu and Lakshmi, the Hindu God and Goddess,  dancing in the print.    I often saw many images of Vishnu and Lakshmi in fabric and paintings and statues on the trip and each time I did, I thought of Jon and me.

Over the past couple of weeks, I made some potholders using the fabric.  In the potholders I also used some of the other material I got on my trip.  The bright orange with the stick drawings on it and the sold orange with the blue strip in it.  The rest of the fabric, some of it also from India even though I didn’t bring it back,  came from my stash.

Vishnu and Lakshmi Dancing Potholders

These are the 10 Vishnu and Lakshmi Dancing Potholders I have for sale.   Are Sold Out.  They’re $15 each + $5 shipping for 1-2 and $7 shipping for 3 or more. Shipping is more outside the US.

If you’d like one, you can email me here at [email protected]

Just let me know if you’d like to send a check or I can email you a paypal invoice. 


5 thoughts on “Vishnu and Lakshmi Dancing Potholers, Sold Out

  1. Maria- This comment does not relate to this post but I just saw Jon’s picture of the clothesline. I have to say my clothes line never looked so artistic. Do you think about what you are hanging next to each other or is that just the artist in you coming out naturally?

    1. Well Jill, it’s not like I plan it out or anything but I do think about the colors that will look good next to each other. It makes hanging clothes on the line even more fun.

  2. I thought of you on Sat. as I looked out my sunroom window, which lets me look across backyards in to the next street, where my eye doctor lives. He and his family have been here in NW Missouri for decades, but still visit India (in fact he was just there in March). Looking out, I happened to see a car pull up and two women in lovely bright saris get out. I saw him today for an eye appt. and mentioned that–he said they’d had a party Sat.

  3. Yes, it was, Maria. I wish I had been closer so I could have seen the saris better, but they were very colorful and pretty from my viewpoint. We have had a few Indian people here for many years (in a town which tends to be extremely white, but thanks to our university we get a little more diversity). Lots of Indian students but I rarely see any of them wearing saris. I’ve seen them in the grocery store in years past (the doctor’s wives) but not for a long time.

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