September 3, 2012

And no, that handsome man in the background is not me! It is our new friend and colleague John Nelson from Hollywood. Hollywood, Florida, that is….


Ali, the Dye Master

September 3, 2012

What a magician he is!

He keeps his powdered dies in brown paper bags, and in seemingly random fashion, dips a baton in them to pick up pinches of colour which he then stirs vigorously in big aluminium pots, with a theatrical flourish plunges the hanks into what looks like steaming grunge – and out come the most delightful colours, from soft pastels to brilliant, from psychedelic to classical…

Ali has been with us from the very beginning, a decent man, faithful and constant. He travels 2 hours each way to get work every day, and never ever misses a day, and never complains. He has stood by us during the hard times, and he adores a gossip over a tea and a ciggie.

Everything starts with the dyeing: we dye to order, and the colours have to match the fabric samples. Otherwise all the other work of the factory counts for nothing. I cannot for the life of me figure out how he does it. He has no written recipes, but he can look at a colour on sample, and reproduce it perfectly.

Well, he does occasionally have a brain fart, and then his obstinacy is matched only by Sevinch’s, and I have witnessed many a shouting match between the two. But all is forgotten within an hour or two. Ali is not only a genius, he is a congenial man:

Anna Karennina

September 1, 2012

Do try to see Anna Karennina in the cinemas after its release on 7 September, there are loads of our tassels in it. Apparently there is a bed covered in our fringes, if you can tear your eyes away from Count Vronsky and Anna romping thereupon….