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The Old Silk Route was started twenty some years ago when my daughter married a Pakistani and moved to Lahore.
I needed a vehicle for going back and forth to be a dynamic part of my grand children's lives. Already in business with The Ann Magee Collection of tapestries, expanding into more textiles was a pleasure and High Point Furniture Market proved to be the right place at the right time. And what better product than the Indian silk sari which I had hundreds of, many old vintage Benares Brocades, which were awesome to show and fun to sell, throwing 16 to 20 feet of fabric right out in the middle of the show. And all the by-products made out of the saris, including bedspreads, cushion covers, bags, belts, you name it and we made it. And being one of a kind was always a big asset and still is.
AND twenty years ago, Pakistan had millions of Afghan refugees living mostly in the Peshawar area. Of course I…

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  • Born on July 16
  • Joined November 2, 2010

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About

The Old Silk Route was started twenty some years ago when my daughter married a Pakistani and moved to Lahore.
I needed a vehicle for going back and forth to be a dynamic part of my grand children's lives. Already in business with The Ann Magee Collection of tapestries, expanding into more textiles was a pleasure and High Point Furniture Market proved to be the right place at the right time. And what better product than the Indian silk sari which I had hundreds of, many old vintage Benares Brocades, which were awesome to show and fun to sell, throwing 16 to 20 feet of fabric right out in the middle of the show. And all the by-products made out of the saris, including bedspreads, cushion covers, bags, belts, you name it and we made it. And being one of a kind was always a big asset and still is.
AND twenty years ago, Pakistan had millions of Afghan refugees living mostly in the Peshawar area. Of course I incorporated their textiles and crafts into my business as well. And for some ten years, I was able to spend the winter months in India and Pakistan getting my collection together for Market in April and then another six weeks at the end of summer to prepare for October Market. Then it became impossible to be away for such long periods of time as my parents were facing health issues, so I dropped out of High Point Market in 2005 and opened a small shop in the Village of Pinehurst which I had to give up in 2008 when my mother became terminally ill.
Now I plan to go online and find homes for my collection which is why I have joined Etsy. My only hesitation is textile photography. My pieces are so much more beautiful than my photos of them which is why I started with a few Parsi sari borders and plan to go slowly until I master the digital image....

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