Varanasi is famous for silks and it's hard, even if you don't have a sewing penchant, to avoid the constant implorings of local salesmen to "come into my shop - you want to buy silk?" Of course, for me, this was an added bonus to a visit to one of the most interesting cities on earth and I had to take the opportunity to take a few memories of this place home.
|Silk Factories line the Ghats|
The first was a very simple loose sleeveless top which I picked because I thought a simple pattern wouldn't detract from the beautiful pattern (if you see what I mean) of the fabric. It's ditzy enough to add some accessories, but has enough colours to wear with other garments, one of my favourite being a turquoise jacket.
Here's the dress unbelted so you can see the "bubble" better - particularly comfortable if you're having an "I'm not feeling slim today" day! I can't remember if the hem was supposed to be staggered but I like it anyway.
Finally, here's another piccy of Varanasi, this time making friends in the market, with me wearing a homemade floral dress which you can't really see, but it is one of mine. Long dresses and trousers are handy in India. I thought the statue was cute and purchased one which now resides in the sewing room.....