Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Egyptian Quilt

While on our tour in Egypt, our individual travel was limited and I wasn't able to go off on my own looking for a quilt show, if one even existed.

I kept my eye open for Egyptian cotton or fabric stores or quilty things along our travels. I saw none.

At the tourist markets, the vendors would be sure to tell you they had 100% Egyptian cotton things and really sell you on that. What they don't seem to understand is that we tourists know the difference between good cotton and cheap cotton. The T-shirts while made of 100% Egyptian cotton, were only $2.00 You can just imagine the quality. Just the same I bought 2 Egyptian cotton T-shirts. I also bought some white cotton shirts with fancy embroidery on them. I know they were not good cotton either because of the price.

I also didn't even see any sign of cotton being grown as we sailed down the Nile. I'm sad to say that I left Egypt without knowing the Egyptian cotton story. I will find out sometime though.

But, our stay in beautiful Aswan treated us to a beautiful stone sculpture display. Much like our ice sculptures, Egypt hosts an annual stone carving contest and exhibition. And guess what I found? Yes, a quilt. A stone sculpture quilt. There wasn't any English explanations of the sculpture, but it gave me my little quilt fix.

Here are a few photos of some of the other sculptures.


MissesStitches said...

I can really sympathize with you, wanting to get some good cotton, and not finding any. But leave it to a quilter to find something "quilty" anywhere we go!

Linda H said...

Wow! Now that's a different kind of quilt, for sure!! Neat!

Vals Quilting said...

WOW that quilt photo is incredible - out of stone - amazing love it!