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  • May 4th, 2011

Deira Fish Market

As soon as you arrive at the fish market in Deira the “fishy” smell hits you. Its early morning and the market is in full swing. A hive of activity, the day’s catch is being sold in a huge covered hall which houses stall upon stall of fish. The mainly immigrant workers are from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They’re very happy to demonstrate the cutting and cleaning processes and to point out the different types of fish. Hammour, Red Snapper, Lobster, Mackerel, Sardines, Parrot Fish and many more.The sheer variety of fish is amazing. As they are piled high onto ceramic slabs, their scales contort and reflect the glints of sunlight. The most amazing colours and patterns are created, shimmering iridescent shades. Silver tinged with pink and yellow and beautifully translucent blue and green. This may not be the most obvious tourist destination but it’s certainly one of the most interesting places in Dubai and a great source of design inspiration.

 

  • Apr 27th, 2011

The Old Souk

Star Anise and Cinnamon

I have just returned from a few days in the Gulf, more specifically Dubai. A city with a reputation for it’s bold, innovative approach to architecture and infastructure. Resulting in wonders such as the worlds tallest building the Burj Khalifa and one the worlds most luxurious hotels the Burj al Arab a spectacular sail shaped structure which has become one of the most iconic symbols of Dubai.

Dhow on Dubai Creek

However I wanted to go beyond all the glitz and glamour and discover my rather romantic vision of Arabia. A land of towering sandunes, green oasis with date palms, camel trains and nomadic tribes. Sadly I think this world has gone but I did discover some more Arabian elements to the city. In Deira traditional dhows still line the creek wharf (dhows are Arab sailing vessels which are used to transport goods along the Arabian Peninsula, to Pakistan,India and East Africa). All kinds of goods are loaded on and off these rather ramshackle looking boats. It is close to the creek that you’ll find the Old Souk. As you enter the Spice Souk you can breathe in the scents of Arabia and the East. In the crisscross of narrow alleyways an array of herbs and spices are piled high outside the tiny shopfronts. A real assault on the senses. Cinnamon, Saffron, Hibiscus, Star Anise, Turmeric, Chillies, Frankincense and many more. Everything you could possibly need for culinary, cosmetic or medicinal purposes.

Camomile

Hibiscus

Safflower

  • Apr 11th, 2011

Red Sky at Night

This was the view from my window one evening towards the end of last week. I just love the way the intensity of colour builds in the final moments before the sun disappears beyond the horizon and darkness envelopes the scene. The black scudding clouds were especially dramatic and reminded me of the sky that originally inspired the “Storm Clouds” print which you can see at www.molliesash.co.uk

  • Apr 5th, 2011

Flat Caps and Whippets

The Baker Boy cap is similar in style to the flat cap which is synonomous with the northern working classes. It has the same overall shape and stiff peak as a flat cap but the body is rounder, fuller and is usually made of eight panels (pieces) with a button on the top and often with a button attaching the front to the peak. Mollie Sash caps are handmade in Yorkshire using traditional techniques. Although the woollen cloth is authentic I’ve given it a contemporary twist by hand screen printing it. Nowadays caps are more likely to be seen on the catwalk as they epitomize the “British Look” which has become so fashionable. Hopefully Mollie Sash hats will help to dispel the Flatcap and Whippets image that still seems to haunt the North.

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  • Mar 30th, 2011

Ikat

One of my most treasured possessions must be this beautiful silk ikat robe from Uzbekistan in Central Asia. I bought it some years ago at a textile fair. I guess just after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early 1990’s, when merchants and dealers were able to gain access to the region once again. I have to admit that I know almost nothing else about it. I was told that the lining was a russian printed fabric from the 1950’s it appears to be of dandelions and the sleeves are lined with different fabrics. I was drawn to it because of the technique employed to make it “a printed warp”. It has long been my ambition to experiment with this technique. If only I could find someone with the technical know how to be able to print a warp!. There seem to be a lot of ikat style fabrics around at the moment but how many of them actually have printed warps?

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