Saturday, June 28

just arrived from China

these gorgeous happy shoes (well thats what i called them when i was a kid- they only came in black canvas then!)have just arrived for the baby bean. Our dear friend Maggie (Li Jun) presented J with them, made with love from her mum who lives in a village in remote NW china. She purchased the green/blue ones for the boybean but she made the red/black ones!I love them. The amount of work in them is quite incredible; the Han people traditionally call them 1000 layer shoes. The picture doesnt do them justice but the sole is made up from layers and layers of 3 blocks of wadded fabric and all hand stitched together.

Im thinking a whole stall of these at the local market could be a sight I'd happily walk kilometers for...

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