Wednesday, September 23, 2009

bags for ma

I suggested to my father to get my mother a batik bag from his visit in Palembang. But he thought she wouldn't like anything batik. "Sure or not?" Hey, I could make something for her. I'd cut up some purple linen for a bag which I didn't get to make and this was an opportunity. and I used a piece of batik from an old shirt which is part of what I'd salvaged, once belonging to my father-in-law. They were uncovered from a box of his old clothes mainly pants, some suits, shirts and an odd pair of socks, kept in his warehouse for probably 30 years. With father-in-law's permission (of course!), I kept the batik shirts, gave the suit jackets (vintage Indo-style!) to a friend whom we thought would like them and the rest to a clothes/toys/books etc drive for the less fortunate organized by our friends here a few months ago.

The bag made for my mum is also interfaced for sturdiness and lined with purple gingham checks fabric and a small pocket probably good for the train card. The handles are long enough for shoulder carry.

I also bought her an evening purse which I thought looks pretty classy. Many local women like to dress up tailored made gowns of lace, satin and expensive looking fabric for formal events and evening purses would be part of the garb. So there is quite a good selection of such purses in affordable prices in some shopping places here.


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