I have had fun recently with a couple of very quirky basmati rice sacks I brought back from Kerala India in January this year. I went from buying silk to sacks, two extremes from an extremely intriguing country.
The silk is still languishing in my stash, but I had to try my hand at the sacking, something different to create with and so tactile. I didn’t realise how messy it was to cut and sew and I looked like a real wild woman when I had finished.
But I like the result. The design with Ali Baba and his sacks of money in the centre made me smile, and the print is on both sides, too, which pleased me. I am wondering whether to make a more structured bag with another sack, and reduce the size of the design by taking off the address at the bottom. I shall have a ponder. It really satisfied me that something can be re-used so successfully and so lengthen the life of such a utilitarian item.