Friday, June 29, 2012

Ramie and silks at Kwan Jang Market- Seoul


I was in Seoul for a couple of weeks. I am still jet lagged. I normally don't have problems; but I think the 2 stops is Europe made it more difficult. Not sure, it could be age :-(
I had the most fantastic time in Seoul. I will have a ton of posts, hopefully. My dear friend, who is not a quilter mind you, took me to dye fabric with natural indigo, to visit the most fantastic textile artist studios; and to visit galleries that sell their art to museums. But I get ahead of myself.
Now for this post. This is a wonderful fabric stall (Dark blue letters and numbers on the photo above is the address). It is in the Kwan Jang Market. To get there I took the subway line 1 to Jogno 5 ga Station exit 8. Than, just walk around and you will see the gorgeous Pojagi fabrics. 
This is a very traditional market with food, fabrics, etc all around you. I only buy the ramie fabrics. The silks are gorgeous also; but I am interested in ramie Pojagi, so that is what I get. 
This year, I found some beautiful ramie that are embroidered, printed, and hand painted. In the past, I have only seen solid ones. The prices are around US$ 5.00 to $7.00 a yard for solid and up to US$15.00 for hand painted.
P.S. Some of the stores close on Sundays.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Lisboa/Lisbon



These are 3 of the photos I took of Lisbon. The best photos are in DH's camera; but it will be a while to download, so this is my version. 
It was my first visit there. I did fall in love with the city. It is gorgeous, friendly, with wonderful monuments, museums; and a lot of history.
Portugal is part of the Euro Zone and is not doing so well economically. But, Lisbon continues to be a great place to visit. It is not only monuments, mind you, the food is one of the most delicious I have eaten. The desserts  and coffee are the best, so make sure to try them.
*But do be careful with your purses and wallets, specially on public transportation.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Lisbon/Lisboa Quilt Store



This cute quilt and yarn store is in Lisbon, Portugal. 
It is called Rosa Pomar and the address is: Rua do Laredo, 61- 2 esq. (second floor)
1200-241 Lisbon, Portugal. You can also see it at retrosaria.rosapomar.com
They have great Portuguese yarn, gifts for sale, quilting classes and some fabrics, including a little bit of Portuguese fabrics.
I did buy some of the hand dyed yarn and a couple of meters of Portuguese "Chita" that is a type of cotton fabric that I know well from growing up in Brazil. The staff is very friendly and gave me more ideas of where to go to see and buy wonderful items made in Portugal. I don't have a photo of the stuff I bought. So, it will be another post.