pabuch = shoe
The next part of my Turkish journey took me to Istanbul and to the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. It turned out that my guide Ali, aka crowd controller/security guy and all round kilim enthusiast, also worked on the latest James Bond film, Skyfall. Do you remember in the beginning of the film when the motorbike chase took place in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul? The bikes crash through a glass window and end up in the area that has the most beautiful painted ceiling and then continue riding along the roof of the building. I wonder how they set up that stunt and whether these painted ceilings have been restored since!
It was in this Grand Bazaar that I spent an afternoon with Ali haggling for ikat fabric and drinking delicious Turkish tea. I collected silk ikat weaves in every colour and design and these were sent to our Italian factory who used the selection to produce these wonderful silk Sunshine Plimsolls – brand new for Spring/Summer 13.