I spent my last week in Asia split between India & Hong Kong and finally made it back to Boston last Wednesday. It's so good to be home and this glorious fall weather, but what an amazing trip. While in India, I visited my favorite trim market Kinari Bazar for 1 full day. This crazy place is the biggest wholesale trim market for all of India. It's very difficult to get to and find, it took us a 1.5 hour car rid to get there and I was just across town in Delhi! The shops are tiny and jam packed with the most gorgeous trims ever. I tried not to go too crazy and buy everything in site. Somehow all of these shops have internet and tv's, very high tech despite the outside appearance. I love that about India! I will let the photos below do the rest of the talking.
I also worked with the spinners on a few new yarns in the last few days and finally got in a group photo! There are 15 ladies that make the yarn, sadly only 12 photographed here. Some were shy and not in that day. They look so fabulous spinning yarn in their colorful saris & salwar kameez. The best part of the trip was spending time with these ladies.
The below photos are all of crazy kinari bazar.
The above pics shows the road into Kinari Bazar- wild!
Many of the stores are like this inside- you have to dig to find your treasures.
A shop that only sells embellished tassels, why don't we have these in the states?!
What I brought home from the market, this is a fraction of what I got :)
On either side of Kinari Bazar, you'll find little quiet streets like this that blow you away. The carved doors shown below are ancient.
Beautiful Indian architecture.
And no trip to India is complete without seeing snake charmer! So crazy.
While in Hong Kong, I visited another amazing trim market called Sham Shui Po. It's insanely giant and serves all of Hong Kong and some of China. I like to get trim ideas there because they are so different than what I can find in India. Some of the trims found in Gypsy Garden (the flowers!) are shipped to us in India from Hong Kong. You'll also find the best jacquard ribbons and buttons here. Since I lived in Hong Kong for 5 years and haven't been back in 3, I also spent time catching up with old friends which was amazing.
The above pic is from Hong Kong- a park right next to my old apartment. I miss it!
The street I used to live on.
Our old Knit Collage office- where we made all the yarn in the beginning. Now it's a fancy gallery with a weird burned chair out front.
The Hong Kong skyline from a run I went on along the peak. Makes me miss it!