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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Colorful Creations

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

 

There are lots of opportunities to be creative in Asia.

While wandering the ancient market places in Chiang Mai, Thailand, I  found bolts and bolts of Chinese silk at an excellent price. Family members had mentioned previously that they wanted some silk robes made, if I were willing to do the leg work. Loving both textiles and shopping, I figured this was just up my alley!

 

Colors ran the gamut and it was hard to choose! Chinese silk is known for its rich and detailed embroidery. Each one was more beautiful than the previous one.  So I asked every family member what their color preferences were and off to the markets I went!

 

This gold Chinese silk has embroidered silver and gold bamboo leaves for accent. We made each robe reversible, so here, the lavishly embroidered black silk underneath shows only on the sleeves and the neckline. Don looks dashing!

 

Specific measurements were taken by family members and sent to me via email. Since I had no pattern, I went to our seamstress here in Chiang Mai who then told me how much fabric to purchase of each color for each robe. My Brother-in-Law wanted two separate reversible robes, and this teal one gave him a completely different look.

 

Here you can see a closer view of the embroidery itself, the silk on the inner sleeves and the side pocket. Belts were made to match both robe colors. Mid-length sleeves were requested.

 

Before construction, I took the fabric to the laundress and had her wash it. Any sizing, shrinking or color-bleeding was taken care of in this manner. Although the robes are luxurious, they can be washed at home. How practical!

The robe I'm wearing here is the female version of the first one pictured. Royal gold and rich maroon! Each robe has side seam entry pockets and a chest pocket for eyeglasses.

 

This is the same robe shown previously with the maroon on the outside and the gold as the interior color. Done in a kimono style, the robes are loose fitting and comfortable. Family members will surely be pleased with the end product! One of a kind and made special-to-order!

 

With the cost of the fabric, the washing service, the wages for the labor of the seamstress plus the postage to ship them to the States, the price of these robes still came to a fraction of  what they would have had to pay in a store at home!

There are lots of opportunities to express your imagination and creativity if you are open to them! Why not try your hand at assembling memorable gifts for loved ones?

Our thanks go to friends Don and Wan for modeling, and to Enrique Uriarte for his photography.

 

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