Monday, January 24, 2011

Clothes for Communism

{Guess Who Finally Gots Herself a Sari}



So last night whilst innocently getting a bite at the neighborhood dhaba (where they call out, not inaccurately, LILYMADAM! LILYMADAM! YOU EAT! YOU EAT! every time I cruise by on my bike) I got caught up in a mildly terrifying street rally for the local political party.



Take the motorcycle gangs from Mad Max, make them communist Muslim males, arm them with Indian flags, firecrackers and rallying cries, set a thousand of them loose on the single-lane streets of Kochi, and that's pretty much how it went down. It was cool at first, the way communism seems cool when you're in high school and all about Che, but then it got a little skurry. Needless to say, homegirl here took to the back alleys and pedaled home as fast as her rusted little spokes could carry her.



Obviously, the only way to celebrate such a rite of passage is to go out the next day and purchase a sumptuous hand-woven silk sari. That's right; I finally gots myself a sari. It's eight meters of Navajo turquoise, sweet corn gold and Payne's grey handloom awesomeness, and I can't wait to get it tailored. The traditional geometric designs kill me, and the suppleness (yes, suppleness. deal with it.) of the silk can make a textile nerdle weak in the knees. Subtle it is not, but subtlety (as well as political correctness and self-control at the cheese platter) has never been the strong suit of a Stockman.



And so. You guys finally got me to break down and get a nice sari. You and the commies, that is.



P.S. If you came over here via the goat thing, welcome. There will be more goats. Promise.

35 comments:

  1. That is a wonderful fabric. I think If I were in India I would burn my whole budget on fabrics. Lilymadam, you post a picture of yourself wearing the sari? Lilymadam please?

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  2. Bobbi, for you, anything. I have to take it to a tailor and have the blouse made, but then, yes. And you'd better believe I'm wearing this baby to the next dozen weddings I go to, Indian or otherwise.

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  3. Love the goats!!!

    and I love the texture and colors of this post too!

    you are on a roll ...

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  4. OM gosh, colors I live with daily. Navajo turquoise, to die for, and then Paynes' gray and pumpkin. Yes, yes yes. The designs are so sumptious, I would just hang that over a window and stare for hours at the sun through the silk, You are living a dream. The communist thing not so much!

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  5. Best description of a street rally I have ever read. And I cannot wait to see that beautiful fabric all tailored up. xoxo

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  6. That fabric is the bee knees! The geometricness of it all is keeling me-combined with the color combo, it really just sends me over the edge.
    Can't wait to see you all sari-ed up!

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  7. the colors are so the colors of your paintings. can't wait to see it on!

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  8. Oh, it is beautiful! So you. I guess you also have to get an expert tutorial on putting it on, because that part always looks confusing to me.

    And communists are more fun in theory than in practice, I think. Any kind of street mob should be treated with care.

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  9. Yes, came via the goats, began to browse your archives and now absolutely truly madly deeply in love with your blog. The paintings, the desert, the dogs, the recipes, your witty writing, everything. Sorry to gush, but the images of exotic India and the breathtaking desert have been brightening up January for me here in grey old London these past few days! So thank you.

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  10. That fabric is so beautiful, I am in complete awe. I can't wait to read more about your safari!
    xx

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  11. GORGEOUS. I have serious fabric lust envy.

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  12. The colours are lovely, and LILYMADAM is just about the funniest thing I've read today.

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  13. LOVE it, love the LILYMADAM! so funny, and such a good sign. yeah, the sari is gorge. me wanty.

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  14. Well done you. Who knew Commies like a desert morning palette?

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  15. So beautiful, lilymadam. You eat it all up.

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  16. how amazing! if i were you i would hop on the sari train and buy a few while you can!

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  17. That Sari is so lovely. It looks gorgeous hanging ont he line in the sunshine.

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  18. Hi there! I discovered your blog through For Me, For You (http://forme-foryou.com/) and I am so delighted that you're having such a fun time in India. I am in Delhi so if you are ever north-bound and need help with directions, recommendations, beer, food...anything really... just holler!

    Yamini (heyitsme78@yahoo.com)

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  19. That is one of the most gorgeous things I have ever seen. I die. I don't think I could stop at just on though...

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  20. Damn. I've never seen a sari these colors. You did good girl, you did good.

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  21. Gorgeous sari - have never seen such a contemporary design. Buy a bunch while you can - I was just at the LA Gift show and one of the wholesalers was selling used saris starting at $95! Had to forcibly restrain myself.

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  22. I'm sari to say, but this is the most beautiful fabric I've ever seen. I love the combination and design!

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  23. Lily, that is beautiful! And those are perfect colours for you.

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  24. You know...it's like a little piece of Joshua Tree all the way around the world. Can't get any better than that :)

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  25. I totally came here because of the goat thing, but I'll be back because I love your writing and the photos are inspirational! Plus I love a good adventure, enjoyed from the safety of my kitchen table!

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  26. I've followed your India adventures on this blog for a while, but had to finally comment on this post. Your sari is absolutely gorgeous, and I love the way you write about it ("Paynes grey goodness"!)--a description after my own heart.

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  27. What gorgeous colors! You picked such a perfect one!

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  28. the best India advice I was given was by an English friend who'd spent a lot of time there: "If you are on the street and a riot breaks out, take cover in a doorway."
    love reading these entries, Lily. Big hug to Pete.
    xoxnic.

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  29. whoops..

    "...take cover in a doorway, until it passes by."

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  30. daaaaang. nice work.

    the descriptor of motorcycle gangs of mad max is enough for me to be scared right there. never mind the rest.

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  31. I see you've already bought yourself a sari! So I suppose this won't help the pants situation.

    The fabric is absolutely gorgeous.

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  32. Beautiful cloth. i like it. buy online purchase latest sarees 2012 from G3 fashions surat.

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