Keith and I visited the College where my sister and her Husband teach. We engaged in conversational English with 15 adult male students and it is compulsory that they are attired in their national dress, more commonly known as the Dishdash.
The fabric, the finest Japanese cotton.
Jan, (a photographer like me) and I spent time in a local shop exploring the texture and design of the fabric. Jan had an idea to document the different ways the sifrah is wound on the head.
So it's a project when I get back from the tour on the road (in the plane) to photograph the folds, the embroidery and fall of the fabulous fabric. (from behind)
Kandoura: A single-piece, full-body outer garment that looks like a long shirt or gown. It is almost exclusively white in colour
kafiah: A skullcap that forms a cushion for the headgear
Sifrah: A straight-cut cloth that is placed evenly over the head and shoulders. Also known as a gotra
Agaal: Black rings made from cloth that are put on the forehead to keep the sifrah in place. The event in the College was hilarious with the students plying us with questions...
Now the subject of children arose...
"How many do you have sir" said one young man......."13, Keith replied"
The look on their faces was hilarious.... "You have 4 wives" "No, just this one"
It took us a while to realise that they were in awe of Keith, surprised that he mentioned the children were different nationalities.... careful explanation explained...."adoption"
The Rhino quilt was draped for formal photos.... but propriety prevents me from sharing them....however it was a loud and very funny hour or so.
Yesterday I was up at 3.00 am to finish work... then we left for the 80 minute trip to Dubai.
The sun rose from behind the sand dunes and bathed the earth with it's glow... there is something amazing about the sun on sand.... The city appeared through the haze in front of us and it was just incredible....the tallest building in the world, silver, reflected with rose colored light.
I had the most amazing class yesterday. Talented ladies, capturing their lives in fabric in a Journal quilt class. We will continue working today.
I find it hard to put into words the way I feel when I have the opportunity to share something just a little different with my students.
My classes are full with waiting lists and the students come from all parts of the world...
"I gave up a visit with the Queen to come today" said one friend.
"I took a day off without pay" said another.
Arabic, Portuguese, English, Dutch, South African, Australian Hindi and Emirate.... a gathering of languages melted in one pot to share in the art of Quilting.
Isn't this the way life should be? and I promise photos tomorrow.
I can't believe my luck as I sit in this mini bus on this a most perfect day.
There isn't a cloud in the sky. It's hot ( around 30 deg )
We're driving along a road that clings to the side of huge limestone mountain ridge. The sea, blue, glazed and pristine is on our left. The horizon blends from sea to sky. White sand completes the picture I catch a flash of water spray as a dolphin jumps high in the air Occasionally there are Inlets on the mountain side of the road. The light is soft and touches the tips of the palm trees and catches on the minarets of the occasional Mosque and flat roofed houses. Goats scramble over the Stoney earth climbing high on the sheer cliff.
We arrived late at out destination so we were escorted to our boat by speed boat, it was no where in sight when our driver spotted a pod of dophins.
I scrambled to the front of the boat, video and camera in hand and hung precariously from the side rail. The dolphins swam and breached in our wake and the driver pushed the huge boat engines even faster encouraging the dolphins to compete in speed. It was an exillirating experience.
An hour or so later we arrived at the moored boat.
Some adventurous folk were already snorkelling in the ocean.
The air was still and there was a sound of chatter in a number of languages. People look at you with interest... Or is it surprise that a lady would whip an iPad, a tv camera and a rather large SLR out of her bag.
I'm writing everything down in the Ipad and listening to classical music. Keith and I shared it on the trip..
Carpets lay haphazardly across the deck of the boat. We, the patrons, sit on brightly colored tasseled cushions resting our backs against the side of the boat. It wasn't too comfortable because I was getting up and down taking photos.
I've done this trip before and just loved it... but today was different. Keith was able to share in the experience and it's just a day till I begin teaching so we made the most of the time,
Amid the German and Russian dialects there were 4 Aussies and 2 Scots... so we had conversational companions.
I think the only description I could evoke is "majestic" Mountains wending their way to green tropical ocean and we happened to be part of the experience.
Straits of Hormuz - these three photos were taken minutes from each other, but different light effects.
36 hours of travel and we are finally in Dubai....it was a very long haul.
Now how can it be that as we are getting off the plane in Dubai.... a lady who was sitting in front of us suddenly bursts forth, "Oh, you're the quilter" !!!
So there you go, quilters are noted all over the world.
A canadian couple sort of snickered - you know, "the universal quilter snicker" and she put them straight..."No, she's famous"
I've not picked up a camera in 3 days....it's 3.00 am and we've just eaten. The Internet is plugged into the phone and stretched precariously across the bed and I downloaded BBC programs in Heathrow to watch in bed....
That's my day folk.
4 Planes, 4 lots of security, 4 countries, immigration and drawing a Zebra......!!!! is that really the last letter?
Oh, and the guy in Dubai had on pretty thick glasses, he asked me if I was Pamela Anderson?
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