HOW TO USE A COUNTRY FOR MORE THAN ONE ITEM
by Anita Sands Hernandez astrology @ earthlink.net
I. CHINA GIRL. Check out the website http://www.shanghaitang.com/
This line of dresses/coats/suits was just featured on ABC news. IT IS SO HOT it made network NEWS. The PACIFIC RIM angle was so novel, I guess, that it got featured. Pittsburg girl makes good in China. I watched the fashion show, on TV just now, my jaw droppped. SILK, CASHMERE, HANDICRAFTED brocade accessories. Every gal's wet dream. Now, it was pricey. Garments shown are $400 to 700$ U.S. cy. But in defense, these are Normal Bergdorf or Nordstom's prices for real silk, cashmere. The designer features Brocades embroideries. Cashmeres, and western style knits. Odd to find KNIT dresses made in CHINA. I believe China has a history of making the lowest cost cashmere sweaters on the planet. So Clingy cashmere knit dresses are a good use of local knitting factory resources. The Pittsburg girl's designs are superior. Obviously the owner tracked a sweater back to the factory abroad. Not hard now that we have INTERNET.Who financed her? Did she write a PROSPECTUS? Go to a big corporation and offer to be their AGENT EN SITU which I suggest!
Showed the webpage to my list and a Boy member of our Free Importing Studies school (meaning he's a recipient of our list, which I built by putting ads at CRAIGS LIST), STEVE, said 'wow, these dresses are very costly stuff.! Hey, Steve, if you don't like prices today, don't get married! YEP. Very high end luxuries. silk and cashmere. Bet if you or I did a line in China, lived there, we could get it down to Walmart prices. That's the glory of the third world, of China. Or Bali or wherever. Depends on where you wanna live a few months out of every year. Wool producing island in Irish area? BALI? BATIKS would be your media. In INDIA perhaps sari silk could be better used. Mexico has cotton, Ireland Linen, Italy really fine shirt silks. My spiritual guru, the MASTER JULES was an antiquarian by trade, import export. At one time when he had ZIGGURAT shop, Beverly Boulevard, West Hollywood, he had to live in HONG KONG a few months out of every year. He was manufacturing art deco furniture replicas. How could he not love THAT? Wish he'd taken a video camera along. If one did a foreign manufacturing business a documentary could be made out of shopping trips. THAT would sell to PBS! or NG or HISTORY or DISCOVERY CHANNEL. The rates they pay are fabulous, too.
Back to the merchandise. There are fabulous homespun cotton, manta and cambaya (they call it) in MEXICO. Wow! Google up Some pictures of MANTA on GOOGLE IMAGES SEARCH TERMS like MANTA MEXICAN TEXTILES or CAMBAYA. My fave is the slubby burlappy cotton homespun. For furniture covering. When I put the word 'manta' in, Mexico has a fabulous homespun upholstery weight cotton industry. I always used to buy it in plaids, but not Scotch plaids in forest green and red, no way. More like Henri Rousseau delectable frosting colors gumdrop pastels. I'd order the plaid lines I wanted, an inch of pink, inch of lavendar, half inch blue, then when you do it in two directions, they cross into squares which create new colors, mixes of the two. The fabric looks handloomed but it is done at factories. Then, the embroideries that the INDIAN WOMEN have the patience to do is amazing. Touches of folk embroideries can be done on yokes or hems, then yokes assembled into dresses. If you can give the women sewing machines, you could have a village 'taller' (pronounced TAY-YER, meaning a small work room, not a factory,) in your Mexican villages.IN France, ATELIER.
BACK TO the CONCEPT OF ASIA. Steve then wrote, a day later, that by serendipity he'd run into an American lady artist, at a health spa in Austin, Texas. Who uses CHINESE elements in her art. A star in her field: TERI JO SUMMER works in fashion bringing elements from CHINA. She premiered in NYC galleries doing jean jackets with CHINESE TEXTILE TRIMS but she made enuf money to move herself to a HOME on an island in PUGET SOUND, Washington. She has worked in china I BELIEVE to develop elements of this line.
TERI JO does chinese textiles that remind me of what MARLA MALLETT gets thousands for,
onto DENIM JEAN JACKETS. I think one should study textile and fiber art briefly. There's a website that will give you an idea of what's out there.
With someone aware of possibilities, clothing becomes a work of art. She is a teacher too
You can write her and study with her.
http://www.terijosummer.com shows her designs.
You see the GREENWICH VILLAGE tone to her DENIM designs,
and the MANHATTAN look to her brocade coats.
It is all very high end and very beautiful. You click on a photo, then they
show you whole garment the one that you would like!
II. MULTIPLE UTILITARIAN ITEMS FROM ONE COUNTRY!
IF I were working in those countries, I'd also find glass factories and wood carvers
and bring home articles we all need and use. CUPS, GLASSES, BOTTLES, VASES
and CHAIRS and BUREAUS which are the number one glass and wood items we want
and find UTILITARIAN in the home. Do EACH as superb, hand blown or handcarved folk art.
For instance, They carve a chair in morelia, Mexico. The chairback is intricately carved,
the rungs are so heavily carved that each rung looks like a swag wreath of flowers.
Then color-enamel its convolutions so it's made of what seems to be live blossoming
bold, ROUSSEAU flowers. It's not found on the internet, I saw the chair on a documentary
featuring Mexcan folk art and they said it came from MORELIA, a state capital in Michoacan
MEXICO. This area, close to MEXICO CITY, a day's drive, is a fabulous place to investigate.
PRIMARILY AGRARIAN products. Mountains are cold, Wonderful sheep/wool industry.
So you could do NEEDLE POINT there. Pillows. The valleys are so warm that they can grow
papayas and mangos.
III. GLASS BEADS ON DRESSES, BELTS, BAGS.
The jeweler cannot SURVIVE without the jewel. He cannot make art or a living without the jewel. He or she needs inexpensively produced beads and pearls. The JEWELER NEEDS THE raw material SUPPLIER. That's obvious. LESS obvious is that a manufacturer of jewels needs THE JEWELER! That means YOU! t. Google keywords like Peking Glass beads and see who you can find. They'll send you samples. I googled "chinese bead manufacturers" and got CHINA BEADS TURQUOISE BLUE PEARLS, wholesale. I can imagine them with a bigger stone and a talisman or pendant. So right now, search around the goods at those Chinese factories, write emails asking, how much for a thousand beads? Sign up at BEAD STRINGING CLASS at Adult High School, At art School, college extension. My high school had an ADULT HIGH SCHOOL system with a professional level JEWLERY MAKING class in their catalogue. Learn to KNOT between pearls and beads. CHINA town has women who do it. You can get your pearls or beads restrung in CHINA town right now and pay for a lesson in doing it. Or meet a dozen old chinese grannies who can do your bead necklaces. WHEN YOU WHOLESALE beads, you wholesale to designers. Gets you into the most posh workshops in town! Great networking.
THESE PEOPLE do not want your l00$ for the first shipment of beads. They want you to order beads for LIFE. To make necklaces for life. To distribute their beads to fabric and notions stores, jewelry fixing stores. FOR LIFE. Import/ export chinese glass beads. Take an ordinary dress, stick a few beads on it, you can make a thousand bucks. Listen, I cannot bear to watch prime time TV without being busy hands, doing arts and crafts or craigs list ads or something. YOU WILL WATCH A LOT more TV if you bead!
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