For those of you reading the discussions in the quilting forum, you might recall that I was headed to Bangkok on business. WELL – what an interesting trip. Bangkok is a mix of the very old meets very new – and I am not sure whether the two are in harmony yet! The King’s palace was fascinating and to see the Tibetian monks walking around in their robes was like viewing a slice out of time. The best thing was to go to some of the shops where you could pick out a bolt of fabric, specify what garment you want, and come back in 2-3 days to pick up your completed clothing. Of course the silks were irresistible!
Speaking of cool fabrics, I had to travel from Bangkok to Geneva to attend a major nonwovens industry tradeshow. For those of you who don’t know, a nonwoven is actually an ‘engineered’ fabric – rather than using looms, the nonwovens are created by using a modified paper making process. If you ever used a baby wipe, that’s a nonwoven! The cool thing though was a fashion show sponsored by the University of Leeds – the students took various nonwoven fabrics and constructed some amazing garments out of them! I have attached some pictures but there are more – go to http://www.nonwovens.leeds.ac.uk/fashionwithnonwovens/greetings.html, click on Galleries/nra galleries to see some very cool designs!