It was my favorite sari. Handwoven from the finest softest cotton, it was one of the best specimens of the Oriya hand loom weaving style. I brought it with me to the US thirty years ago. When the number of suitcases I could bring with me was limited to two, I gave away several of my saris to my sister, but not this one. But quickly it became obvious that the very same qualities that made it so lovely in India made it an impractical attire in the US. It slowly sank to the bottom of the pile and languished there for thirty years. I could not bear to throw it away. Then one day, as I was making my rice bag journals it came to me that I could make cloth journals out of it. I cut the six yards into three parts, washed and starched each one individually. I tore them into roughly equal sized pieces and using the slot and tab technique created the journal you see above . I used the pieces as they were which led to some interesting variations among the pages. The top page above , for example, comes from the end piece of the sari and has fringes while the two below come from the border and the body sections.
I am very pleased with the way it has come out. The pages can be decorated, written on, painted---oh, the possibilities are endless. To start with, I added a vintage label that I got from the Graphics Fairy on the cover and on the last page I wrote a little message "Bloom where you are planted" which is what this old sari has done.