Sarisafari Trunk Show
My trip to Seattle was adorned with Indian saris, graceful ruffles and pleads, vibrant colors, silk, cotton and… knitting.
The Sari Empress, who reigns over Sarisafari and is also known as knitter Melinda, had a sari trunk show in Seattle and I was more than happy to accompany her.
Melinda knitting in a beautiful yellow Sari:
It must have been such an excentric view on the Cascade train to Seattle: two ladies dressed in colorful graceful saris, chatting and click-click-clickety click knitting away…
Notes from a very far Past: My Indonesian Heritage
During the trainride back home, I pondered over all that beautiful Indian Fiber and couldn’t help but think about my own exotic heritage: Java, Indonesia.
There I was, traveling from Washington to Oregon while my thoughts traveled back to the turn of the 20th century when my ancestors were taken from Java, Indonesia to Suriname, South America.
From this country Suriname my parents traveled with their baby daughter to Holland, Europe. And yes, their baby daughter grew up to be an adventurous woman, who packed her bags and left for the United States of America.
Great Grandmother Sarmina probably at the age of barely 17. This photo was most probably taken when she arrived in Suriname between 1910 and 1913 with a ship called Djebres & Prins Willem I. On her sarong you see a piece of paper with a number:
Did you know that the Dutch colonizers and the English colonizers made a trade waaay back when? The Dutch, who “owned” New Amsterdam and the English who “owned” Suriname did the old switcharoo.
They made a bussines deal and the Dutch ended up colonizing Suriname while the English got their hands on New Amsterdam which is now known as New York.
Not only did the Dutch colonized Suriname, but they also colonized Java, Indonesia. And as you might now, the English also colonized India…
From Java, to Suriname, from Suriname to Holland and from Holland to the USA.
And now for some knitting!
Melinda uses Angora yarn from Louisa Harding with earthtone colors, and I am using 100% Alpaca sock yarn from the brand Lonesome Stone, colorway Cranbrule…
That’s all folks…!