Thursday, November 20, 2008

Slice of Lime-Batik Edition

On Tuesday I mentioned a batik dress I had made that prompted a friend to beg me to carry some batik back from Trinidad for her. Cooper asked, "Where's the dress?" Since I felt like crap with a migraine yesterday and the night before I didn't get new pictures taken for Slice of Lime. I dug out some old pictures of the batik dress. They aren't the greatest shots of it but they are all I have.


It's not easy to see the cut of the dress with a little guy clinging to my legs but it's a pretty simple style...column dress with just a couple of darts at the bust. Eeeeeeeasy peasy to sew. Obviously, I've had the dress a long time because all three of those little kids are now noticeably taller than me. Where does the time go?



In this one with my friend Aggie and me you can't see much but the pattern of the fabric itself. She is from Ghana and this was the day of her daughter's naming ceremony, which was a beautifully meaningful experience.



Aggie's brother, the tall guy in green, is a traditional African drummer who has his own group. He provided the music for the event but was currently taking a break while his pal kept the music going. Aggie, her husband, and her brother have always welcomed me as a part of the family. In fact, she asked me to be her daughter's godmother. I always giggle when they introduce me though because it usually goes something like this. "This is Michelle. She is Akua's godmother. She's American but she is more like one of us and she doesn't dance like a white woman. She dances like a Ghanaian." Aggie left the dancing to attend to the baby then grabbed the camera and called to me from the balcony as I was dancing with one of her cousins.

22 comments:

James Goodman said...

ah, and she dances like a Ghanaian. You rock. :D Great pics, Lime. I hope you are feeling better soon...

James Goodman said...

oh and YAHTZEEEEE!

Cocotte said...

Your photos are always a delight. And that middle photo of you reminds me of my next door neighbor!

S said...

Cool!

I never did the little hats white sox and Easter dresses for Little Rita...wonder why?

Oh yeah I forgot, we dont go to church.

:P

Looking at your friend, Aggie, I can see the faces of my Ghana friends too. Such similarities.

VE said...

Maybe it's just me but 'darts at the bust' sounds rather painful and uncomfortable...

S said...

LMAO @ VE
Darts at the bust, how painful!
ROTFLMFAO


Ok Lime wanna see what happens when I try to link you but make a typo?

http://houseoflime.blogpsot.com/

go check it out LMAO

lecram said...

Lovely sun dress. I used to be such a batik snob (only the hand crafted ones were good enough for my consideration)... I'm less of one now.

S said...

OK now this is too weird.

I tried it with my url too, and if you type in blogpsot and not blogspot, you get the same site each time.

OKAYYY weird.

barman said...

Susie to funny. My guess is that the other site is blogpspot.com and they redirect anything else, lime, suzie, etc. to the same site.

Nice pictures and I love that your friend accepts you as they have. It is a shame that everyone could not be like that, so accepting but it is a two way street.

I love that middle picture, just perfect. And yes, kids grow up before you know it.

Mother Theresa said...

Okay, now you know that we won't let you rest until you post a video of you dancing. Love the dress and the cute kiddos. :)

Desmond Jones said...

You dance like a Ghanaian?

High praise, indeed!

Kat said...

That's awesome!
This post makes me miss a friend of mine from college who is also from Ghana.

airplanejayne said...

Of course you can dance!!!!

:)

Cooper said...

Thanx...it's awesome looking.

Jocelyn said...

Gorgeous dress. You know I have a follow-up request:

You gotta get video of you dancing like a Ghanian. I don't care if it means you have to go out and buy a digital video camera.

And if you do, could you buy me one, too?

I would kind of like a weekly video post from you, come to think of it.

mssolitaire said...

Nice pics!! What a wonderful gift to be a godmother!

I hope you feel better!

Mona said...

Wow! Those seem such wonderful times! & the pictures are just so wonderfully nostalgic! I love them! :)

G-Man said...

You look the same!!!!
Thats a good thing..hehehehe

Lulda Casadaga said...

Lovely simple dress and goes well with the little blue jacket...You are lucky to have such lovely friends and hey sister you can dance! ;)

Carol said...

Priceless: the batik dress, your friendship...her story!

Moosekahl said...

I have several batik scrub hats...one has moose (whodda thunk it?!) hidden in the pattern. And that's a pretty cool honor...not only a godmother but a dancin' queen!

cathy said...

I have a batik trouser suit from Bali.It is now 19 or 20 years old and I plan to wear it for the next sixty years.

Ghanian dance video, we all want to see:)