you cannot believe you are in North America.
the feeling of old Europe is inescapable...
a palpable French je ne sait quoi in the air...
dogs dine under tables in four star eateries.
street performers and artists abound.
alleyway antique shops invite you to pass thru their stone arches.
the countryside around the Saint Lawrence river is
alive with green shoots, wild lupine, autumn leaves,
and powdered snow, as the season requires.
all this, plus Chateaus and ramparts?
it's just as charming as hell.
if you are going trekking to Quebec,
a kilim bag would be the perfect companion.
sleek and sophisticated, its present form belies its history
as a saddlebag, made by Nomadic tribes in Central Asia.
harvesting the corner of this saddlebag, i sculpted a modern day
carpetbag of rusty reds and browns and golds.
this kilim was woven by hand in one long strip,
folded up on each end, and hand bound into two huge pouches.
when the tribe was on the move, they loaded the pouches with
prized possessions and slung them across the back of a camel or a horse.
i suggest you pack more lightly for your travels...
with cities like Quebec to visit, just take your carpetbag and your passport,
and leave the camel behind.
everything else you need will find you!
vintage: hand knotted kilim from Nomadic saddlebag; hand loomed cotton ikat lining; metallic thread embroidery from India; brass kuchi pendant from India; silk necktie print as trim.
upcycled: Balinese batik cotton pockets; Finnish wool woven napkin for pocket on back; striped tea towel pocket base; brown silk upholstery strap with key ring; eyelash/mohair yarn trim; unbleached muslin inner lining.
this bag is shown is a SAMPLE of a CUSTOM ORDER,
and has gone to live in Texas with Tara...
but there is more of this kilim, and many others, i could make yours with...
everything is negotiable.
to learn more about QUEBEC visit:
(KITA bags are constructed on a 1962 Aldens and a 1952 Juki sewing machine,
using upholstery thread and Gutermann sewing/top stitching threads.)