Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sabi's Place - India

I have chosen India as my Place alphabet - I was born in Madras but left when I was two years old and have not gone back.  It is a place which has resonated with me over the decades but, for many reasons, I never managed to make the return journey.  Now it would be much too difficult as my mobility, affected by infantile polio, is pretty limited.

So, this alphabet is a memento in reverse of the places I would have visited if I'd had the chance.  Some of the places were spoken of by my parents and friends, some are names that I like the sound of and others just looked interesting.

Using hand-made in India, I collaged sari silks and pieces torn out of an old India guide book, then gave each page a watercolour wash;  the letters were printed with wooden blocks hand carved in India and stitching round each letter highlighted it.  My current plan is to make a book with the alphabet.

Here are the first four letters:






  1. Oh Sabi, so exciting. I live in India and I was born in Madras. I wish you could travel and visit India.

  2. These little compositions will make a nice little book. I am listening to the Cricket (England v India) and all the place names sound quite wonderful.
    Sandy in the UK

  3. I love the layerings of place in these Sabi - the saris, the guide book, the wood-block letters...and they are all so beautiful in and of themselves. Can't wait to see more!

  4. Gorgeous - I'd love to go to India too!


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