on 2015-02-19 21:22:04

Loi Kratong takes place on the evening of the full moon on the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the Western calendar, this usually falls in November.




Loi means "to float" while Krathong common meaning is "floating crown". The traditional krathong are made from a slice of the trunk of a banana tree. It is decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, incense sticks, and a candle. A small coin is sometimes included as on offering to the River Spirits - many Thais use the krathong to thank the Goddess of Water hoping probably for a good harvest of rice...

According to H.M. King Rama IV, it was a Brahmanical festival that was adapted by Thai Buddhists in Thailand to honor Buddha. The candle venerates him with light, while the krathong's floating symbolizes letting go of all one's hatred, anger, and defilements. People sometimes cut their fingernails or hair and place the clippings on the krathong as a symbol of letting go of past transgressions and negative thoughts.

This year, Loi Kratong was floaded by rain… I was very upset because it was also my sister's birthday! And would the Goddess of Water be then damned by the farmers?
On the last and third day, beginning of the evening, I spotted these Krathongs for sale on the road and bought one for Family and one for Friends and dashed to the small park and lake of my town.

The last shower had not put out the fireworks: the festival was on! It was cute: the grand lotus lighting up the night and the big artifical pedalling duck, next to the small "real" ones frolicking among the lit candles and smoking incense … the sky lanterns rising to meet the full moon... and parents and children placing the Krathongs on the lake, next to mine, carrying many wishes for our beloved ones. A "new design" of Krathong made of multicoloured biscuit cones for ice cream became the target of the carps of the lake - what a feast… and the kids seemed fascinated and happy with the recycling of Mum's work of art!

The evening after I bought another two krathongs and went to the river; I was on my own with the full moon; I do prefer "flowing" water carrying all my wishes to the ocean - where the Salty Spirits and Mermaids of the depths will, I am sure, make them come true!

In November we continue being very busy in the work shop. My 3 cats are my favourite models to present the new  articles… it is "CAT WALK" time, well… not really active WALK...










I enjoy spending hours composing these patchworks and finding
the right colours combinations. The tacking is quite hard with the old
hemp fabric but Miss Ginger Cat helps out when not having another rest
from "Life is Difficult". Our seamstress manages with her strong "factory"
sewing machine.






In November, Lee works over time in my home office and
atelier - with her head, her hands and even her toes as with the
clay beads bracelets!!! We are preparing the exhibition NAP
while her parents are stamping kilometers of cotton for their
own (Hmong) customers. She also had to help them with all
the dying. Here under the very first trial with my own designs.







Jao at home will finish just on time our first trial of a cross stitch cushion.
She is very young and is showing already, as her elder sister Lee,
that they come from a family of skilled, smart and hard working artisans
managing to avoid the exodus towards the cities.

She found two friends to embroider the new style pattern of the cushions
here under (more modern but always developed from traditional graphics).
The three canvases got finished when we were already packing and
still had to be sewn into cushions…






That day in November I went for an early ride on my bicycle and I was awed
by the MIST LANDSCAPE. It reminded me of the Asian ink drawings
but with the coulouring of Velasquez: silver first, then with many tones of
grey and also whites, with a slight blush of rose and a hint of pale lavender.