Fashion & Fabric Trend: Digital Prints
Digital printing is a relatively new technology that is finding its way into the marketplace and clothing designers are finding innovative and creative ways to use it. Some designers are inventing their own print designs.
The photo below shows how this computerized process works. Small runs are possible (in most commercial roller printing, the minimums are thousands of yards). Special inks are used, different inks for different fabrics. The design can be scanned and manipulated, and can be repeated across the width of the fabric or a large single image can span the width. There is a unique clarity to the print, and the colors crisp and clear with an almost photographic clarity.
Some examples of Digital Prints seen in Paris clothes
I have to be discreet (sneaky) when taking photos....
French Digital Knit Prints
and more coming soon.
Settling into being in Paris, combating jet lag, walking the streets, visiting old haunts, discovering new places and scratching one item off my bucket list.
First...a new hairdo, a fun souvenir of Paris and one of my personal traditions.
I get a haircut each time I come.
My favorite salon is Toni and Guy on rue St. Honore.
more blonde than I bargained for, better cut.
|...then we went for lunch at Cafe Marly, in the arcades at the Louvre, overlooking the pyramid. The view and people watching is over the top. A great place to have breakfast, a coffee or drink, write postcards, sketch in your journal or simply gaze into the beauty of the day.|
Bucket List: Paris Hammam
A jet-lag curing visit to the Paris Hammam has been on my bucket list for years. Katherine and I decided to give it a try on the day after we arrived.
A bona fide travel experience. A Parisian experience.
Not exactly user friendly, no instructions, but thanks to the friendly regulars who helped us we muddled through.
Bathing suits required. We arrived without.
You can buy a bikini bottom for 5 euros.
Towels? We arrived without.
You can rent for 4 euros.
....but I put them in a seemingly empty locker and when I came back, sopping wet from the steam and the 'gommage', the locker was locked and the towels were gone.
After showering & soaping with black soap which you leave on, then proceed into a vast marble steam room, lie down on one of the warm, wet slabs and wait for the soap to do its work. The steam room is warm and misty, the paint faded but still lovely and there are niches with groups of women laughing, talking and enjoying themselves. Next, back to the shower room, follow the sign language instructions from the gommage attendant, lie down on a not too clean plastic table and this hefty bossy woman with a loofa mitt gives a rough overall rubbing. Everywhere, including the face.
Same loofa for everyone.
....tried not to think about that, tho my skin felt pretty good.
After this, a shower, then I went looking for the towel.
Gone-gone. The staff had mercy and gave us fresh towels.
The massage part continues this theme. All the massages are done in the room in the photo below around the fountain, but the room today is not so fresh. More funky. The masseuses give an all-over rub down with lavender oil and talk loudly among themselves while massaging. At the end, I was greasy all over including my hair. Came home and took a hot bath. Felt better in the morning....but don't have an urge to return, tho I met women who come every week and say it is a quintessential Parisian experience. I tucked the wet, hot pink 5 euro bikini bottom in my coat pocket and took it home, just in case I ever want to return.....