At DeBois Textiles, they have a big box of clothes marked “Hippie Mix”, which is filled with amazing saris, gorgeous shalwar kameez, old Mexican serapes, and much more. While digging through the box a few months ago, I came across a beautiful shalwar kameez, but it was a little ragged around the edges. I knew I could do something with it, but it was just a matter of figuring it out. The dress was silk with a silk lining, which made the pillow cover more stable. There are small beads in the fabric, and I actually broke a needle on my sewing machine when I was putting it together. There is so much hand-stitching on this pillow and it’s just amazing. The pattern is so bright, with mostly primary colours, which is unusual. I was able to use some of the seaming from the garment on the pillow, which really was helpful. I bought a ton of old silks at an auction a few summers ago, and now I am really excited to figure out what I can do with these fabrics.
I am not sari!