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