22 June, 2010

Spinning? Cool. Now, About Your Project Bag


I was spinning in a park when a woman stopped to talk to me. She said she spun in India when she was young. She talked about the importance of spinning to Mahatma Gandhi and how she sees the relevance of his national vision today: she hopes that India will increase domestic production of goods for domestic consumption in order to make their country great.

The woman's daughter-in-law, who was with her, remarked on my project bag. That sort of bag, she said, is used by grandmothers in India. Everyone used to use them but now younger people use modern plastic.

I made the project bag myself a while back out of a hemp and cotton muslin fabric from Hemp Traders. You can see it in the background in the photo.

I am pleased to find that this bag has pleasant cultural associations for someone. I thought it was just a bag when I made it.

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