Priscilla Kibbee

I love to travel all over the globe shopping for textiles to add to my wearable art. I have taught quilting to school children in Nepal, seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey where I also served as a judge at 2 of their International Quilt Shows. I have created garments for 5 Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teach classes on embellishment and wearable art. Lately I have been leaning more toward making art quilts.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

The Last Days in India

After Orchha it was another train ride early in the morning for Delhi...our last stop before coming home. Any hotel had to be a letdown. We arrived in the early afternoon, found the promised taxi wasn't waiting for us, and after the usual amount of haggling we were off in another taxi to our hotel. A standard affair in the Karol Bagh market area...a large shopping area for locals. We spent the first evening wandering around Connaught Circle...a hub of stores and restaurants about a mile away. There is now a very safe, clean, convenient Metro which connects the two areas. The next morning we set off on the Metro for Chandni Chowk. This is a fascinating hugely busy shopping area near the Red Fort and the Old Delhi Train Station in Old Delhi. Fortunately it is also on the Metro. We got turned around a bit when we got off the Metro and ended up in the Fabric Market. Despite being a basic fabricaholic this place is not as exciting as you might think. It is basically just saris and very little fabric by the yard. We did spot a few by the yard places a couple of blocks away and bought a few pieces.
Flower garlands for offerings.
My destination was really Kinari Bazaar, an area of beads and baubles where I usually fill several huge bags.
The entrance of a temple near the Metro.
Back in Connaught Circle there is an area called Sunder Bazaar with a few fabric shops which I always check out. Andrea found some fabric and decided she had to have an outfit. This set came already hand embroidered in a traditional Indian style to make the 3/4 length top, pants and scarf. A tailor in the same complex took her measurements and would sew it up overnight.

The next day while Janet and Andrea went sightseeing, Carolyn and i visited the Craft Museum. I have been there several times and always go there at least once during a visit. There are visiting craftspeople in the yard which rotate as well as a wonderful shop. And I never tire of looking at the collections. This man's drawings were fabulous and we bought a few of them.

Statuary in the yard.
The work was extremely intricate and very beautiful.

A royal swing inside the museum.

A cart for a parade during some festival. There are similar ones in Nepal.
Beautiful puppets.


This was a covering which was embroidered, not appliqued.
Applique. Embroidery.


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