Lots of non-textile details today. We're prepping our barn to host the CASA 34 Main Spring Event here in Hancock, New Hampshire this Saturday, April 11th, 10am-6pm. So excited to share this space with so many great people this weekend!!
The antidote to Black Friday is here!!
Back in the day, when I heard the phrase "handmade" I got a sick, queasy feeling in my stomach remembering the earnestly constructed gifts of my Elementary and Middle School youth. Because I really thought my glued and papier-mâché creations were some kind of wonderful . . .
Thankfully, these days I am amazed by the talent and creativity that is so easily accessible online and at popular artisan fairs. So many beautiful and thoughtfully designed gifts! Without a doubt, this movement to buy local and from artists has transformed the holidays into something more personal and exquisite.
This past weekend RaisaAntonia proudly co-sponsored the Monadnock Buy Local Plaid Friday and Shop Local Saturday effort here in the region. To learn more about our weekend and about this antidote to Black Friday, take a look at Monadnock Buy Local's website here. And my economic-development-heart loves how studies are showing that buying local has FOUR TIMES more positive impacts on the local economy than buying at chain stores!
THANK YOU to all of our friends and neighbors who made the effort to visit RaisaAntonia at CASA 34 Main this past weekend here in New Hampshire!
If you want to continue the shop-local theme into your remaining weeks of holiday shopping - or if you're looking for a personal gift for those special people on your list - RaisaAntonia is featuring a number of new, bright pillows as well as terrific sales on our clutch purses and pouches.
Happy shopping, and thanks for buying local!
Raisa Lawrence West
Owner & Lead Designer
The Traditional Incan Festival of the Sun is a World-Class Textile Extravaganza
(Post from Raisa) This past June we had a chance to see the famous Incan Inti Raymi festival, or the Festival of the Sun, in Cusco, Peru.
This month-long celebration in South America is second only in size to Carnival in Brazil.
Sure, sure, it's a chance to see ancient Quechuan dances and customs, and an opportunity to honor a centuries-old culture still vibrant, strong and proud.
But my oh my, THE TEXTILES!
My favorite costumes were the full, black wool skirts with wide woven trim on the bottom edges. But the heavily embroidered mantas, or shawls, were also ludicrously lovely.
And the men's costumes were a welcome surprise. Some incorporated feathers (painted and natural) and others used straw to create huge headpieces. But my favorite involved these enormous bright red yarn loop bomb headpieces that also included matching tiered skirts.
Combine all of these costumes, exquisite textiles, pageantry and culture with the beauty of Cusco's Plaza de Armas, the Andes and the bright blue sky and it was a Visual Spectacular of a lifetime!
(The photos below are from one of the Secundaria, or high school, days of parade.)