Cut Border Saris!
It's the return of these great sellers! Real saris from India,
these are great for draping, decorating or craft projects.
Previously owned, they are stunning and attract lots of attention
from store customers and visitors to your home. Shipped in
assorted colors/designs. 15' x 3' for $5.25
Things are getting back to normal here at our office
after my trips to Asia and to Tucson. We have started receiving
some of the orders I placed in India and so far it looks great.
You may notice
that the pricing on some of our silver is creeping up. There is
no fighting the rising price on world markets (see article below).
Luckily for us I have great silver jewelry supplier that can make
some of our pieces one or two grams lighter, thus somewhat offsetting
the price increase without affecting quality or appearance.
This month you
will see we have added a whole lot of silver jewelry at extra special
prices. These items are limited stock and when they are gone, they
are gone. See an example at left. What's great about these is that
they were made when silver prices were much lower, so the prices
cannot be beaten. See the whole range here.
there are lots of new markdowns.
We need to make room for all the new stuff coming in!
We have also
added some great new
textiles. I have only added some of what we have in stock, but
will continue to update the site as we get it photographed and priced.
Look to see new textiles here.
There is a lot
more on the way. We just received two large orders of silver jewelry
and have more in the air. Purses should be in by the end of the
month and Vietnamese lanterns have just cleared customs in Los Angeles.
was a momentous day for silver prices on the world market. For the
first time in 22 years, the price of silver closed above $10 per troy
ounce. In the past year, increases in the price of silver have outpaced
gold, rising more than 60%.
The new high
was established on the anticipation of approval by the SEC (Securities
and Exchange Commission) of Barclays Global Investor ETF Fund. What???
silver in the US is sold only in its physical form. When you buy
and sell silver, you are literally buying an ounce of silver. Gold
on the other hand is traded both physically and as Exchange-traded
funds. In an ETF, the owner of the commodity doesn't take physical
possession, but rather buys and sells certificates redeemable for
a specific amount of the commodity.
In 2005, the
SEC approved gold ETF's, which helped gold trade at a 25 year high.
With the approval of an ETF for silver, the demand for silver would
increase dramatically, which many people believe would lead to a
further spike in price. According to well-respected silver analyst
Ted Butler, whether the ETF is approved or not, silver will continue
to rise in price.
I am personally
hoping that the ETF will not be approved. The Silver Users Association
(SUA), and industry lobbying group, has come out against the ETF
approval, citing low silver reserves and the potential for a run
up in the price. I'll keep you posted on what is happening.
we have added and will continue to add more textile products from
India and Thailand. Several of the items we have gotten in are
made of the highly prized Asian textile, silk.
Silk has been
around for at least 4,000 years. That's a long time: iron has
been used in tool making for only about 3,000 years. It is said
that the first silk thread was created accidentally. According
to the legend, a Chinese princess was having a cup of tea when
a silk cocoon fell into the hot liquid. As she tried to retrieve
the cocoon, she snagged the end of the thread and began unraveling
it. Being an industrious and inventive person by nature, the princess
experimented with the thread, ultimately crafting a beautiful
robe for herself.
is true or not will never be known. What is certain is the allure
of silk over the centuries. In ancient times, the process of obtaining
and spinning silk thread was a treasured secret. Revealing the
nature of the process was punishable by death.
are millions of people engaged in the production of silk. Silk
worms are raised on a diet of mulberry leaves until they spin
the cocoon as a natural part of their transformation from worm
to moth. Unfortunately, the lifecycle is cut short by a vat of
boiling water. The thread in a single cocoon measures anywhere
from 500 to 1000 meters, and it must be soaked in a bath of hot
water to release the silk from a binding agent called sericin.
Once the silk
gum has been dissolved, the cocoon is gently brushed until a filament
is loosened. The filament is then "unspun" onto a reel.
Typically four strands are wound together to create a single thread.
The reeling process is done entirely by hand to ensure that any
breaks in the thread are attended to and repaired as they occur.
It takes approximately 3000 cocoons to make a single pound of
reeled silk. As you can imagine, it is a laborious and time-consuming
process with minimal use of machinery.
many varieties of silk. Cultivated silk is preferred over wild
silk, since the diet of the worm has a profound effect on the
end product. Wild silk, predominantly from China or India, is
more resistant to bleaches and detergents, but is also harder
to dye and is thus commonly found in beiges and off-whites. Cultivated
silk is more uniform and is easier to spin into thread. The silk
from the inner part of the cocoon is longer and more easily spun
than than the coarse silk obtained from the outside of the cocoon.
Silk is actually
made of two filaments fibroin and sericin. Silk with the sericin
intact is called raw silk, and is the strongest form of silk.
Silk that has had the sericin removed is more lustrous and has
a nicer hand. The whole process of silk manufacture has undergone
many refinements, especially in the last 20 to 30 years as more
machinery has been introduced. Today silk is as highly prized
as ever, and comes in a huge variety of qualities and classifications.
Spring and Summer
or Victorian looks
postcards, promo material or stamps
set in ladylike silver frames
or symbolic jewelry
of the Site
We've added great
prices on select designs on the site.
New Arrivals section has all the latest and greatest.
outs section has lots of new items.
Saris are back in stock!!
and other textiles with more on the way!
I hope your
new year is shaping up well. If there is anything I can do to help
you be successful going forward, please let me know!
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