I have a thing for touching great fabrics. It’s texture, it’s sheen, it’s weight can be very telling. Where the raw materials came about intrigues me, specially silk which is a natural fibre produced by silk worms which feeds on mulberry leaves. Silk while very famous to be made in Italy, Spain and France among others, originated in China some 4,000 B.C. From some research, countries in Europe are not producing silk like it used to. People in the countryside are abandoning this tradition in favour of more prefer the perceived convenience of city living. But I know Europe is in very recent years is trying to bring back production of silk.
To my knowledge of Asia, silk is still produced in the silk farms of Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Japan and China.
Sericulture is promoting propagation of silkworms to produce silk. Like wine, silk is an agricultural product which is largely depended on rural folks to take care of. So, I think places that produce silk tell a lot about a city, the country’s history and economics.
Here is a video that was taken sometime ago. But lower the volume settings please.
I thought I’d post it so I can easily go back to it of a happy memory. Specially at this time when I am homebound because of the Pandemic. Who isn’t going through anything these past months anyway. We all are. And I am drawing on some of my aha and happy moments to keep myself together. And I am the sort that enjoys a lot of alone time at home.
The thrill of putting this together and making it happen for the first time with so much fun and discovery to get this to happen. And now, I am more confident having taken this big step. Might have been done a thousand times for some but it was my first.
Thinking deeper, I know that life is short. And there are times in the recent months when I feel outraged at how my time is being forced to stop by this pandemic. So annoyed, so upset. I see posts of people and doctors about a segment of the reality of what are happening to those struck by this nasty virus. But I am thankful that I am able to snap out of it and just carry on with my time. I am thankful to be able to go to social media and peeked into what people are posting and how they moving on. And isolate and be careful of my movement when I need to leave my home.
Most of the music I hear over the radio and TV are now mostly mellow. And I appreciate that. Hitting the breaks in life – for this big reason … to surpass this nasty Covid19 Virus.
Fabric from Bangkok, Thailand; Curtain Mechanism from a supplier in the Mainland China; Awesome Music provided by the homeowner;
Location : BGC, Taguig, the Philippines.