We went to Tanzania over the Christmas/New Year holidays - the first time we had ever gone somewhere hot at that time of year. It was great to see sunshine and all the birds and animals while on safari. Best of all was Zanzibar - the Spice Island - and a dream destination of mine for many years. Hot, noisy, crowded and smelling of exotic spices and other unmentionable things, Zanzibar is unforgettable. The fabrics in the markets were very tempting - I couldn't resist buying one of the Barack Obama pieces that will probably go on the back of a quilt someday.
Many of the items for sale in the markets are going to provide inspiration for my quilt making. I love the surface design of these shells.
The colours of the chillis were very exciting
as were the textures - but let's not talk about how the fish market smelled in 38C/100F degree heat!
How about this for a quilting pattern?
My favourite part of the trip was a visit to a restaurant called The Rock - check out the website: http://www.therockrestaurantzanzibar.com/
Here is the view from our table - I can just see this image reproduced with hand-dyed fabrics, ripped to provide depth and texture.
A final image of some of the amazing fabrics for sale in Stone Town:
1/20/2013 09:38:48 am
Amazing pictures must have been very tempting to buy all this fabric!
1/21/2013 10:08:42 am
Luckily for the family, and unluckily for me, I didn't have much room in the suitcase, so only managed to buy one piece, but it will be all the more treasured for that!
1/20/2013 10:17:03 am
Wow the pictures are beautiful! You are such a great photographer! Love it!
1/21/2013 10:16:39 am
It's easy to take good pictures when you have a digital camera and such good subjects. Plus you haven't seen the dozens of photos I have thrown away! Still, thanks for the compliment..........
1/20/2013 12:24:17 pm
The photos are inspiring. I look forward to your intuitive interpretation of these shapes and colour.
1/21/2013 10:09:32 am
It will be awhile before I get back to really making quilts again, but that Zanzibar beach is at the top of my inspiration list.
1/21/2013 08:52:00 am
Your photographs are extraordinary - inspiration for quilters and artists of all media to create their own interpretation. Even though I've not ventured from traditional quilting, the photograph of the beach view from your table at The Rock in Zanzibar makes me want to layer all my green, blue and sea-glass fabrics and explore the possibilities of something new!
1/21/2013 10:11:43 am
You are more than welcome. I'll look forward to seeing your next traditional quilt inspired by the colours of Zanzibar!
2/18/2020 01:59:51 am
I love the surface design of these shells.
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