Spinning and Weaving sources
Griffin Dyeworks www.griffindyeworks.com
Village Spinning and Weaving http://villagespinweave.com/
Lion Brand Yarn company http://www.lionbrand.com/
Martha's Spinner's, Knitter's, and Weaver's Housecleaning Pages http://www.kbbspin.org/
Handmade Wood Spinning/Tatting tools http://www.davidreedsmith.com/
Kate Painter and Paradise Fibers http://www.paradisefibers.net/
The Black Sheep http://www.theblacksheep.biz/
Hebies Needlecraft in Montclair on Arrow Hwy (just East of Central at 5436 Arrow Hwy 909-985-3778).
Favorite SCA-Medieval Merchants and Fabric Shopping areas
Garb the World http://www.garbtheworld.com/ SCA re-enactment costumes
Sock Dreams http://www.sockdreams.com/ when you don't have time to knit your own socks!
The Renaissance Store /
Chivalry Sports 7718 E. Wrightstown Rd, Tucson, AZ 85715 (520)
Raymond's Quiet Press - Reproductions of actual metal fittings a jewelry from Saxon, Viking, Celtic, Sutton Hoo finds. Great for belts, cloak clasps. http://www.nmia.com/~rqpltd/
Boots by Bohemond - http://www.nmia.com/~bohemond/
Drachenstein Treasures - crowns,
jewelry, awards, belts, custom work in bronze and silver
Ingasbo - your friendly Norse
trader - circlets, burkas
The Leather Factory 1374-A
Maine Ave., Baldwin Park, CA 91706 626 813-1570
Downtown Los Angeles in the
All these addresses are in Los Angeles, CA, 90015
Some of these stores are closed Saturday, some are closed Sunday. Call ahead if you want to go to a particular store.
The Norwalk/Artesia Sari District in Artesia (California, 90701) - Pioneer Blvd, between 91 and 22 Freeways (Southeast of downtown Los Angeles).
This is "Little India", and there are many sari stores and Indian clothing shops. Be prepared to bargain, since most items are not marked, and prices are flexible. An Indian sari is a width of fabric, usually 6 to 8 yards long, silk and beautifully embroidered. A sari can be fashioned into a Renaissance Italian dress or other Medieval garments.
It can be intimidating to go into these stores, because we costumers are not the typical customers for Indian sari fashions! The shopkeepers are much more attentive than in a fabric store; they will follow you around asking to help! Tell them you are a costumer, this seems to give them relief from having to try to tell you how to wear a sari! It is good to have specifics of what you want ready, they are glad to help you find what you want, even though they think you are crazy for cutting up a beautiful sari! Bring swatches of fabrics to match, know what colors or styles you want. Sari's can cost from $20 for the simplest to $900 for the most elegant and beaded. A sari is about 6 yards long, so compute the per/yard cost in your head when they tell you the sari price. These shops also have smaller items like shawls, veils and fabrics, ask them for what you are looking for. There will also be shoes and jewelry. They will also have many modern fabrics that would not be acceptable for SCA use, like sequins or glitzy metallics. So look carefully!
Shopkeepers will barter with you, be ready to say "What can you do for me on this piece?" It is a game they like to play, so have fun with it. Then when you leave the store, dont just walk out. Thank them directly for their time, and help improve our rep with them. We want the Indian shopkeepers to be delighted when they see us non-Indians walk in the store!
Sari Niketan, 18423 Pioneer
Laxmi Sari Palace, 18605 Pioneer
Sona Chaandi, 18307 Pioneer
Miss India Fashion, 18375 Pioneer
New Sona Jewellers Corp, 18417 Pioneer
Neema Sari Palace, 18429 Pioneer
Loveleen Sari Palace, 18507 Pioneer, very nice people!
Cottage Art, 18619 Pioneer, has tribal bellydancing skirts, blouses, jewelry, pillows, bedspreads, furniture
Then when you are all worn out, go to Saffron Spot, 18744 Pioneer, for a Rose Ice Cream and other yummy treats! www.saffronspot.com