Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Around the World Mail Art for Naomi

The mail art has finally reached its destination - Naomi in United Kingdom. I stitched a traditional motif on 28ct jobelan using Anchor multicolour floss. The pattern is an adaptation from one of 'songket' motifs.

Songket - a handwoven cloth made from gold/silver and silk/cotton threads, usually worn to certain ceremonial functions. This fabric is also popular for the Malay traditional wedding attire (bride & groom). It is a bit uncertain of the origin of 'songket' but it has been a treasured textile throughout the Malay archipelago since many centuries ago. Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia are 'sharing' this Malay heritage & art of weaving and have been producing 'songket' with distinctive motifs ever since.

The postage stamps are from '
Visit Malaysia Year 2007' commemorative stamp series.

The background fabric in the above picture is a '
sampin songket' from my dear hubby's personal collection. 'Sampin songket' is an additional sarong-like cloth to Malay men's traditional attire.

The inside envelope is fully-lined with 'batik' fabric and I also 'showed off' the same fabric on the back of the envelope. I stitched my address on a small piece of jobelan before attaching it onto the flap of the envelope. I used a black velcro strip for the closure and embellished with 'vintage looking' buttons.

* Around the World Mail Art Exchange - we were required to stitch something about the place where are we from or where we live


Charlene said...

Love the MA, Zalita. So unique. Naomi must be proud to received it.

z_mnor said...

Thank you Lene. I kind of missing your MA creations. It has been a long time since your last MA exchange. Hope to see more your 'signature style' MAs

Lana said...

Wow! That is beautiful!