Friday, October 27, 2006


I am sitting at the computer table surrounded by 4-metre-lengths of textiles. One length is of an irridescent green splashed with turquoise that I couldn't resist when I went to Silky's for a colleague's goodbye gift. Another is a deep dark pink with tangerine slashes. Yet another is navy blue silk with velvety ultramarine flowers surrounded by thin royal blue ribbons. YET another is a forest green with shades of grass green mixed in so beautifully.

I LOOOOOVE Malaysian silk and batik and everything else related! If I sit in any cafe, it will be to peoplewatch...or more precisely, clothwatch. Sometimes I am guilty of looking at the dresses and robes first before I look at people's faces. And in case my close friends are wondering, I spend more time gazing at the beautiful textiles than wearing them!

My ICT colleagues still remember the time when we went to Terengganu and I lugged twenty pieces of silk batik home. After I came to my senses, I sold them all off. This year I went to Terengganu again. Same story but on a lesser scale. Sold them off too. Well, I kept three pieces. Indak tahan juga. The thing is, when I look at the colours and the sumptuous fabrics, I just cannot help but want to bring them home. Then at home, I spread them out so I can admire them. Then once my sanity returns, I start looking for buyers. Never a problem that. Terengganu produces the best silk designs as far as I'm concerned. It's not that I can't keep them but my practical self won't allow me to do so.

But I'm not selling off the pieces with me now. Not yet anyway...

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