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January 30, 2012 - Istanbul, Turkey

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I can't describe how grateful I am for my Natasha boots and long wool coat.  It has been really cold, snowy, and windy. The heavy clothes probably won't be jettisoned until reaching Delhi, if the plane even takes off.  Muhip had just gotten back yesterday from the wholesale jewelry show in New York, and he said that they'd circled for three hours before landing in Istanbul.  His family had to put on the snow tires on the car this morning to get to the shop.  In spite of the weather, I'm really having fun, Istanbul is delightful, and I've found lots of great things.  Muhip's family has branched out into different kinds of jewelry, and he's selling at wholesale shows in Turkey, New York, and Milan.  He does 14 K gold plating over bronze, then mixes that with silk and semi-prescious stones, and textile bits.  Hard to explain, but I really like it.  I think that I'm going to be suffering from non-buyers remorse, but there's only so many hours in the day.  I also bought some hand-crocheted silk necklaces, very flirty and fun, and traditional scarves with a delicate crochet border.  People waiting  for kilim pillows will be happy to know that I found some beauties, I haven't seen this quality in awhile.  The older textiles just keep getting harder to find unless you're willing to pay a fortune, which I'm not.  I bought a Lakai baby crib embroidery, the last one ended up on my dresser, this one I shall part with.The fate of a Kars cicim saddle bag face yet remains unknown, if it's still in the shop when I get home in April I might claim it, same for a small knotted rug that's about 40 years old.  Keeping things is an occupational hazard, especially textiles.  And earrings and necklaces.  And select wall carvings and masks.