Yesterday the Philadelphia Art Museum presented a marvellous program about the Kantha embroidery of Bengal. This week Hindus celebrate the god Ganesh and the birthday of Lord Krishna. They didn't mention this but I expect Indian listeners were aware of the season.
Kantha is a women's family-centered art, stitching shawls and blankets for home use and birth ceremonies, some to be handed down. They also incorporate strips of old saris into the work, and sometimes imitate the sari patterns in stitches.
Since the slides were very fully labeled, I'll just show you
It really spoke to me, with the stitching and up-cycling, and the pleasure women take in this art, a meditative break in very busy lives.
Yesterday I played latter day hippie, making yogurt and granola! I have a new approach to yogurt, using one of the insulated foil bags from misfits coolpack shipping, and the containers of hot water recommended by blogistas. Last time I did this, the yogurt was still warm after 24 hours.
And, fortified by this great grub, I began to think about changing the furniture around. Now that I don't have a tv, I can use that alcove -- the one you saw Gary at work in -- differently.
On the other wide side of the fireplace is another, bigger alcove, currently with Dollivers and bears on a table. But I measured and found my smaller bookcase will slide into the small alcove, the bigger one into the other. Finally, a change of indoor scenery.
This ended up where you might have guessed, with winnowing the bookcases. I did this three years ago, in the Great Winnowing, and now I'm at it again, not having used any of the art books I spared last time.
So this all happened, and by the end of the day I'll have free cycled two stacks of books to happy recipients, all being well.
In waiting, one pickup scheduled this morning, one this afternoon.
Happy day, everyone, and happy winnowing if that's how the onset of the new season moves you.