Q: What do you wear with indigo ‘thioup’?

My friend Julie sent me this question with the photo below:

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My reply… I have the same prob! Generally I go for light blue if I can find a match. But I mean a real match in terms of shade and hue. Clashing blues (as in certain blues with denim) are my pet peeve.

Sinon… Consider chambray. Just be sure to add some chunky accessories to break it up. I love wooden bangles or leather cuffs.

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White (which may pick up indigo dye!)

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Or something bold like red or orange. (Or, if you’re Jenn… Yellow. Polka dots. Cheetah print. And somehow, she’ll make it work!)

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TIP: For choosing a bold pairing, it may help to think of the indigo as denim.

What do you wear with indigo?

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HLM, fabric for days, and Patricia

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HLM = fabric heaven.

One of the wonderful things about living in Senegal is THE FABRIC! We have such a wide variety and a unique selection right at our finger tips.

The other day Khady asked if I wanted to go to HLM with her mom, who was in town visiting her new granddaughter, and Sarah, who was leaving Senegal for another West African country in a few days. We would be going with Patricia, a personal shopping guide who happens to be fluent in French, English, and Wolof. (Impressed? Me too.) I was excited to go with Patricia because she knows where to go, how much the different types of fabrics are, what to ask, and what to look for before making your purchase.

Patricia charges 5,000cfa per hour for a group of 3 (1,500 for every additional person), which worked out great for us, since we could split it three ways.

Not only was she helpful at the market, helping us barter for our fabric, and reminding us to check the fabric for imperfections before buying it, she also helped us know where to go!

I'm pretty sure we would have made a wrong turn by the sheep...

I’m pretty sure we would have made a wrong turn by the sheep…

Walk down this little road, then turn right...

Walk down this little road, then turn right…

SO many choices.

SO many choices.

Fabric for days.

Fabric for days.

Patricia.

Patricia.

I bought some bright green fabric with birds on it. Yay!

I bought some bright green fabric with birds on it. Yay!

"I want that one, with the pink and purple designs. It will be cute for my new grandaughter."

“I want that one, with the pink and purple designs. It will be cute for my new granddaughter.”

Cutting the fabric. Sarah had to stock up before leaving Senegal.

Cutting the fabric. Sarah had to stock up before leaving Senegal.

Sarah and the owner's wife.

Sarah and the owner’s wife.

Smile!

Smile!

This was the name of the fabric shop we went to. Again, we were glad Patricia knew where it was, because we probably couldn't have found it on our own.

This was the name of the fabric shop we went to. Again, we were glad Patricia knew where it was, because we probably couldn’t have found it on our own.

Patricia took us to another warehouse-type-shop FULL of different kids of fabrics and such.

Patricia took us to another warehouse-type-shop FULL of different kinds of fabrics, from sheer to lace.

Of course we would have loved to have Khady come along too, but she was home taking care of her tiny newborn gazelle, Yvia. Congratulations, Khady!!

What a precious little baby!

What a precious little baby!

If you’re interested in hiring Patricia for a fabric, souvenir, or marketplace adventure, call her at 77 631 74 37. She knows where to turn once you pass the sheep.