After working on the cloth hanger, the next idea was to have some decorations.
Blue was the colour theme.
The first part of this idea was to choose romantic quotes, print them on paper, decorate them and hang them on strings along with sparkling lights around the hall. The choice of quotes were made by the couple- Balaji and Charanya
These were the quotes-
1.Love is just a word until you gave it a meaning.
2.Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eyes.
3.It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
4. Only two kind of people will not mind what you say…
The one for whom you are nothing
The one for whom you are EVERYTHING…
5. The best gift you got in your life is “finding someone who knows all your mistakes and weaknesses and still thinks you are completely amazing…”
6.Boy: Can I hold your hand?
Girl: No
Boy: Why
Girl: Because it hurts when you leave it…
7. Lovely relationships not only depend on the spoken words but also depends on understanding the unspoken words…
8.Thoughts of love are too deep to be expressed and are too strong to be suppressed…
9.Night is longer than day for those who dream and Day is longer for those who make their dreams come true.
10. Memories are treasures that no one can steal..
11. an eye with an dust and A Heart with Trust Always Cries..
12. a meaningful silence is always better than meaningless words.
13. love is not maximum emotion, Love is maximum commitment.
14. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
15. If you want something you never had, you need to do something you have never done..
16. love is like a good cake, you never know when it’s coming but you’d better eat it when it does.
17. Difference of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our heart are open.
18. Gravitation is responsible for people falling in love.
19. A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
20. Health is the greatest gift..
Contentment is the greatest wealth.. and
Faithfulness the best relationship…
21.stop looking for love,, Start being lovable.
22.There is only one kind of love…
There are many versions.
23. Love does not make the world go around. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.
24.No man is truly married until he understands every word his wife is NOT saying.
25. love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself.
26. He stole my heart and I am planning to take revenge.. I am going to steal is last name..
These  were printed –



And cut in shapes to be hung-



Blue glitter was scattered by my nephew[ very patient!] on the outline which was glued previously. these glitters were the cause of so much fun for us!



Outlines with glitter-



The decorated quotes are getting ready to be hung with paper doilies



The second part of this idea was to make flowers balls to be  hung  along with these quotes. Details will be on my next post.

My favourite part of the festival-embroidery .

The embroidery displayed was from Pakisthan. For the first time I saw zardosi motifs –which can be attached to anything. Only a few pieces were there,but all were exquisite .

zardosi motifs

Some embroidered unstitched tunics were also on display.And a workcot for making zardosi motifs is also seen here.


Women from the Middle east have been commisioning their grand wedding dresses from Pakisthan. The Pakisthani embroidery is very famous.
With this my posts on Muscat festival is over.
Iam happy to share the information about handicraft items from all over the world, which were part of the festival. By writing about them, I was able to go through the experience all over again.

In this section,we saw lamp shades made from camel skin.
This craft is from Pakisthan. The artists have specialized in this art , and have been doing it for generations.there were pictures of works in progress.The pieces are painted in different shapes and lamp are fitted inside each piece.

lamp shades

We enjoyed looking at these beautiful lamp shades.
In India also I have seen   lamp shades  made of animal skin . the patterns used for painting are mythological figures,[inspired by puppetry art of Karnataka-this comes under perfoming arts,there are many families doing it]. Another important feature in this type of art is.- holes are made at uniform intervals, when light passes through the holes , beautiful patterns are formed.
Another craft in next post.

In this there were so many hand painted tiles on display and sale .Dear Hubby was so impressed, kept on clicking!
There were painted trays, pictures, cups, vases.These were also from Syria.
The patterns were so inspiring for me, I don’t mind having these pictures.

Painted tiles, pictures-1

Painted tiles,cups-2

Painted tiles,trays-3

painted tiles,trays-4

painted tiles.coasters-5

painted tiles,vases-6

If  I use the same colour combinations  and embroider on a white tunic, will I also look like a tile?

We are both heavy- idea considered and postponed for another time!

A few more of handicrafts…

Here the art of mosaic was done with cut stones.
We were able to watch the artist doing this on a large floral drawing.
Different coloured stones are chosen for the whole picture.
The artist chooses the colour for each and every boundry.then according to the space available with utmost concentration, cuts the stone[requiring lots of strength] and positions it to see the effect ,then applies white glue, then sticks the stone there.
It was very interesting to watch the whole process. For the first time I was able to see a mosaic being created.

stone mosaic-1

stone mosaic-2

stone mosaic-3

stone mosaic-4

stone mosaic-5

stone mosaic-6

A few more handicrafts are awaiting in the “Q”

Another stall had accessories made in cross stitch, there were no stitchers ,just these pieces for sale. I remember these were from Syria.
I bought two purses, but I couldn’t buy the shoes[all those embroidery, to be worn on feet? ]
I loved the patterns on these pieces.
Though , had seen a few on the internet,this was first time I actually saw these pieces.
We get many embroidered accessories from North India, but the work is different,The patterns are big and bold and the embroidery done in primary colours. Some good zardosi purses are also available,.

Now for the pictures-

cross stitch purses

Cross stitch footwear

Some more handicrafts are still there.

One of the stalls in the Muscat festival had squares pieces made in cross stitch. I had an opportunity to see the artist working on a piece.
That is another important aspect of this festival, where we can see the artists working with their creations.
The squares are even weave cloth in light or black colours, the designs are [as far as I could see] were textile patterns or background patterns. The squares are then stitched as cushions or framed as pictures. The patterns were beautiful and very intricate. It would take a long time to complete on square. I was amazed at the patience of the stitcher.
Have a look at the picture-

Cross stitch squares

I did not take any close-ups, to respect the stitcher.  As  seen,  some large embroidered wall hangings were also on display.

More posts on handicrafts….