Batik Yourself

I love vintage Indonesian batiks; great to wear to those many cookouts, beach parties, and other fun things you’re invited to.
Of course, throw it over your favorite chair that may need some TLC, or simply hang up and enjoy the beauty of something handmade:

How to wrap a sarong:

courtesy of Saudi Aramco World

A New Kasa for 2011

Write what you know.  That’s what we learned in English class, right?
So I will share what I learned about the word “kasa“:

It means housekeeping in Korean, phonetically, that is.
Yet, ironically, it can refer to a form of Korean poetry as well, (gasa).

It also is a village in Sweden, a former kingdom of Senegal, a type of Japanese hat, and a well received Indian restaurant in the Castro neighborhood of San Fran, which looks delicious, among other things.

My kasa is a collection of handmade and vintage fabrics that I inherited from a family owned shop. A shop that served the East Side of Providence for well over 30 years. A shop that is now closed, but still cherished.

Although it’s noble to carry on the tradition, I did a little Korean “kasa” of my own, mentally at least!  Instead of pushing and pulling the weight of a family dynasty into 2011, I cleaned up house. I sat and organized all the cloths, handmade pillowcases, kimonos, and tapestries into neat little piles. After donating some to very good causes, I decided that a new audience deserves to bring these one of a kind pieces into their own homes.
Whether they wear it, hang it, or just admire it, let a wider neighborhood across the worldwide web get their hands on some tactile delights. So here is kasawonderful.

Of course, I will not inundate this blahg with just kasawonderful stuff. So I will share what I know.
And write less 😉