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Fabric & Finishes in Dubai

Posted on 08 February 2012

My plane touched down late in Dubai last night & I can't tell you how lovely it was to step outside into the warm, desert evening.  I'm here for 4 days with Mumsie, and we're staying with some lovely old family friends on the Palm Jumeirah, which is an incredible place.  The last time I was in Dubai was a few years ago & I have to say, I love the place just as much now as I did then. [caption id="attachment_187" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Mumsie & Angela getting carried away"][/caption] Stopping over in Dubai made sense as it stalled some time to allow the cotton order to reach the factory in India, it made our ticket to India phenomenally cheaper & more importantly, it was the perfect excuse to spend some time with our wonderful friends, Angela & Tony.  Although it definitely feels like a holiday & I can already feel the knots in my back relaxing, there's still lots of work to be done.  After a hilarious morning on the phone to Bangalore trying to book a bus ticket (I'll post a video later - it's ridiculous) we made our way to the fabric souk in downtown Dubai to get some ideas for the finishing touches on the new Marzipants.
Rolls & roll of brightly coloured ribbon
We wandered around shops, bursting with every fabric in every colour that you can imagine.  I'm looking for a nautical style blue & white stripped material for one of our limited edition pieces & I wasn't disappointed.  Rolls of fabric were spread out before us, with stripes in every colour & every design possible.  I've got lots of samples to take to India with me, as it's always much easier to show a sample of what you want, rather than trying to describe it in very limited Hindi! [caption id="attachment_185" align="aligncenter" width="250" caption="Boxes of buttons"][/caption] The most exciting bit of all was the haberdashery (it's not often you hear that!).  In every nook & cranny there were rows upon rows of ribbons, buttons, zips, cords, handles, poppers, trims and fastenings out on display & in the background there were hundreds of boxes piled high, containing even more goodies.   I've never seen such a huge variety of colours, textures, patterns, finishes & fabrics.  We were in seventh heaven & there was enough inspiration there to design collections for the next 10 years.  I've decided I'm going to have to expand to tops, bags & accessories, just to be able to incorporate some of these beautiful pieces.   What a perfect start to an amazing trip.  

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