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This is a photo of a parcel I received from India. I was so completely gobsmacked over the packaging that it was hard for me to even open it. Beautiful, aged muslin stitched at the seams and sealed with wax... extraordinary craftsmanship for an overseas package. Apparently this kind of wrapping is not altogether uncommon in certain parts of India. This little joy was exactly what my soul needed today. Just a simple reminder of everything good and lovely, of things meticulously crafted by hands that care. These shorter days when work is slow and I have little-to-no human interaction sometimes starts to wear on me... I thrive when I'm working on projects and collaborating with people who I'm invested in. I'm eager to dive back into a thrumming schedule and to be surrounded by talented, passionate individuals. I've consumed all the online television I can stand, watched countless academy award-nominated films, and binged on Pinterest and Facebook. Ready to bring this atrophied body back into the real world please. I even am attempting to give the gym a go (shudder) because frankly it is too damn cold for walks with friends. My insomnia is in full force and I am trying to find mantras to soothe me. I'm particularly moved by one of my favorite quotes by Albert Camus, "In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." Ok universe, release me back into civilization. Next time I wish for a break I'll be sure to specify the terms to include that time's up after 2 weeks...

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I ordered a Suzani and the packaging was the exact same! I just loved it. I carefully deconstructed it and I'm hoping to frame it for our bedroom, so special.

April 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBekuh

This post brought me back to my childhood. My mother would receive packages like this from my grandmother, who lived in Pakistan. They would be wrapped this way. In my juvenile Americanized mind, I thought they were the weirdest things ever and couldn't understand what the red globs were holding it all together, or why you wouldn't just stick something in a box if you wanted to mail it.

April 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSadaf

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