I, for several reasons, do not believe (much), in 'New Year's Resolutions'. One of them being that there are
lots of NewYears according to different cultures and countries and that even in 'our own Western'
convention, the beginning of the year hasn't always coincided with the 1st of January.
Nevertheless, I do believe in new beginnings, in giving yourself the chance to start all over again, even if just for a day.
A chance to reconnect with the past, reflect upon it and carry it forward towards the future.
All this to say, that I have been away (from the blog) for a while, and that I am taking the occasion of the New Year, or to be more precise, of the Epiphany (an occasion as good as any) to pull the threads of my thoughts together and tell you yet another story.
http://www.africanculturalassociation.net/ that took place in the Hendon Library on the 29th of October, in which I had the pleasure and the honour to take part. Being October, it was the Autumn as well as last year. So now that we are in the deep mid-winter and at the beginning of a new year it may be pleasant to be reminded of that:
And below you can see the talented drum player, performer and African dance workshop facilitator
|Grandmother Ine, ACA Trustee,dressmaker and embroidery student, busy dancing|
My being there was due to having joined the association first as a trainee dress-maker, and then as a volunteer embroidery-craft teacher.
|My little stall where embroidery demonstrations were being held|
I believe that this is akin to 'rumanian stitch,' as you fix the satin stitch in the middle with a little slanted straight stitch, to try and keep the tension even.
The whole family could not stay long as they were off to celebrate a party they had been invited to (It happened to be Diwali too, on that day).
|Traditional African Hair-Braiding stall run by the brilliant Komkom|
|Traditional craft and mask-making classes for kids being advertised|
Some more of the traditional crafts display, which included dresses and bags
which brings me back to the title of this post:
One of my first attempt at dressmaking was a gown which evolved from the traditional kaftan model
|details of the fabric with traditional printed motifs|
And a pair of pijama trousers, also made with a fabric printed with traditional motifs