Have you ever bid on something at auction......bid.....and bid.....and bid.....and were up against someone that seemed to have no limit? I have. When the auction was over and you were on the way home, alone in your car, did you cry? I did. I was bidding on an antique Tibetan childs (toddler) tunic type top. Probably meant for special occasion or ceremonial use based on the fact that it had quite a lot of Tibetan silver beads hanging on the front of it. It was quilted and the outer layer was woven and the inside layer was a faded rose floral cotton print. It was an unusual combination. (at first glance I thought it was Native American)
I took one look at it and knew that it could be the inspiration for the new direction I wanted to go in my jewelry making. A bit tribal, Asian, primitive, mixed with a bit " western cowgirl". (hey...stop laughing, it could happen!)
Eventually, ( lots of weird...I don't quite know why I am crying... tears later ) I realized I could be inspired by the tunic, even tho I didn't own it. However, next time I see the winning bidder I am going to ask her if she would consider letting me take some photos of it to put on my inspiration board.
In the meantime.....I found this piece of undyed jade..a bit of an odd color actually, and used it with some greenish and brown torquoise. Stones I would usually think of using in a more western type piece of jewelry. The white stones are howlite, there is some white rosary beads, and a couple of religious medals. I am not there yet, and these aren't the colors I am yearning for, but it is the direction I am heading.
(If you just happen to have a darling antique Tibetan childs tunic hanging around........call me!!!)
On a more serious note, while searching the internet for traditional Tibetan clothing I came across a lot of sites with information for FREE TIBET. I had no idea that The Tibetan people had been basically "without a country" for my whole lifetime. If it is something you would like to know more about you can go to :