To replace curtains (slightly too narrow for these two windows because of the width of the Ethiopian loom on which they were woven)
made some years ago of Ethiopian cotton woven with bands of coloured rayon imported from India to Ethiopia,
(made) for the narrow ground floor windows of friends who live in a house in Philly built a few decades after the Civil War,
I fully enclosed Philadelphia Quaker lace with cotton muslin bought in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Such lace was woven on machines in factories in Philadelphia until 1951 when the last factory was closed for changes in fashion.
This lace had been my summer bedspread until much handling had frayed its threads. I have cut it up into strips and thought to use it for this and that.
The muslin is saffron-coloured.
The bale from which I bought it and the end piece of the roll of saffron were stamped with one of the symbols of Shiva.
A pleasurable activity even if there was tension between the lace and the muslin because they are not of equal weight.
The lower half of the window, which is of plain glass, reflects this design of the Quaker lace when you look at it from outside the house, as though this half were made of stained glass also.
So, pleasurable. And also for the variation of warm (sacred) light which I hope such an arrangement of sun, glass and textiles will stream inside the house
especially during this second Covid winter which we are entering.