I am very excited to finally kick off this new series – Souvenir At Home. I’ve been thinking about doing this series for a while now and finally flushed out the idea while on my blogging break. Souvenir At Home combines two of my favourite topics: travel and decor. In this on-going series I ask bloggers (some of my very favourites included!) to share their favourite souvenir they’ve brought home from a trip by telling the story behind it and showing how they display it in their home. Not only do I, and you, get a peak into the homes of some very cool and talented people, we also get to see the gems they’ve brought back from places near and far along with the special stories of how they acquired these items. I’ll say it again, I’m very excited about this series and I hope you enjoy it too.
Kicking off Souvenir At Home is Gemma – the lovely textile designer and blogger behind the equally lovely blog Line x Shape x Colour. Her blog is always a visual feast for the eyes with gorgeous photographs taken around her home in Australia or during her travels to places like Lebanon, New Zealand, and Indonesia.
Who: Gemma Cagnacci of Line x Shape x Colour
What: An old Uzbek textile wall hanging
Acquired In: Bhukara, Uzbekistan
Being a textile designer, I love collecting textiles. So naturally, whilst travelling along the famed silk road throughout Central Asia in 2011 with my husband, I was in heaven and made it my goal to take home some really special pieces. Uzbekistan is famous for its stunning, intricately embroidered suzanis, and while I made sure to stock up on these, I was also on the lookout for something a bit more unique. I also had an idea, where on our return I wanted to create a bit of a wall feature, hanging various travel mementos with our art.
It was when we were looking around the Taqi-Zargaron market in Bhukara, that I came across this wall hanging – it stood out immediately, and I had to have it. I was smitten and knew it would look amazing in our home. After bargaining hard, it was mine and my new favourite souvenir from our travels as I hadn’t seen anything like it.
From Bhukara we moved on to Khiva, a six hour drive through the desert on some pretty awful roads. We had to change vehicles a few times, so our many bags (some full of souvenirs) were constantly being moved around. We always made sure we had all our bags, but on our arrival to Khiva, whilst double checking again, I couldn’t find this particular piece! In the moving of our bags, I thought it must have fallen out or got left in the back of a taxi. Heartbroken was an understatement. I was devastated knowing it was gone and there was no chance of getting it back! (I also had no idea how attached to this thing I was!) I looked everywhere in Khiva for a replacement, but there wasn’t anything anywhere near like it for sale.
Uzbekistan was our last stop before heading home via Istanbul, Turkey. While there, we re-arranged our bags for the long flight home to Australia, and guess what? Yep. Tucked away in a very obscure pocket was the missing textile! I couldn’t believe it. And now that we’re home, it hangs on the wall like I imagined it would, with my greater appreciation for it.
Thanks for kicking off Souvenir At Home Gemma!