sleepwalking through the rice paddies
Added Jul 28, 2010
This is a dress that I’ve been working on for a very long time. Inspiration hit when I was at the Bazaar in our town and I saw the spool of green embroidered ribbon. I couldn’t help myself! A flash of the traditional Tunpu hot pink fabric and that traditional Miao ribbon danced together in pleated wonder in my mind! (Tunpu is a type of han Chinese who wear traditional garb, and Miao is a minority in south western China… near where I live)
I love the detail in the ribbon and pleats seemed to accent it perfectly! I love the detail on the bust!!! The back mirrors the detailing in the front… in a quiet way. My husband commented that this is a very symmetrical dress from a woman who craves asymmetry! (He is the left brained, symmetry loving, logical one of the two of us.) I was really proud that he noticed. It took a LOT of thought and effort to get this to look as straight as it did! (and It’s not close to perfect!)
The photos for this dress were a bit of a comedy of errors. I wanted to do them this afternoon because I’d just finished the dress and wanted to show it off! I put the dress on, knowing we only had a little more sunshine left, and we set off for the rice paddies. Go figure the gate was locked… so in order to get out we had to climb over a big stone wall… It culminated in me asking my husband to help me get down from the top, him hurting his ankle on the way up the wall, and us both being stuck on top of the wall next to each other… eventually I got down… though I’m not sure what the local farmers thought of me, or my very lousy dismount!!! While taking the pictures my feet kept slipping into the flooded rice paddies… so with mud squirting in my toes I posed for the pictures. Just as we were getting the camera to adjust to the darkening sky, It started to POUR! We walked to the wall… and realized it was not going to work to climb over it again. We walked in the pouring rain all the way around the school to the other gate. It TOO was locked! I banged on the gate, and in my most desperate tone of voice and sweetest smile, I talked the gate keeper into letting in the two very very VERY wet foreign teachers.
I intended the pictures to be a bit brighter with the green in the background… and I may add more later, but for now I really like the way the dark background sets off the bright pink and green. And the whole process of getting these images was a dream! : )
The bright green grosgrain ribbon embroidered to perfection… from a local minority store, that also sells patches, intricate pleated skirts, machine embroidered pieces, etc… (on of my favorite places) and the pink fabric is from my favorite fabric selling ladies in our town! Thanks girls! : )
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