Some snap shots of my recent trip to Bali to research manufacturing a new line of ethical intimates....
Preparing my patterns for the trip... I traced patterns on to paper and drew up specification documents of each style along with a sample.
Packing my bag with all my bits and bobs for production. I wasn't sure of the lace, elastic and accessories available in Bali, so I took some with me. I was pleasantly surprised at the beautiful fabrics and lace. Though I will need to bring my accessories in.
Shopping for fabrics and falling in love with cotton lace
Buying silk and lace. Oh my! Too much gorgeousness to choose from. Like a candy store for designers like myself.
Meeting my makers! Introducing my team Kartec, head sewer and Wayan, patternmaker. They spoke very little english, so we laughed a lot at trying to communicate. But Kartec and I each day, while we worked, would try chit chat... about our lives... children, who are around the same age and general family life. Kartec helped me translate sewing techniques, as I found it challenging to explain how I wanted things sewn. I think Wayan was happy he couldn't understand our banter ;)
At my beautiful hotel, every morning, this Hindu man would come with the days offerings, and within minutes, each day, a bird would come and nibble at it. Beautiful in the routine of both the man and the bird.