Monday, January 31, 2011

handmade sister cities { part 8} : shanghai, china + montreal, canada

row one
EllaLai : shanghai
idlebeats : shanghai

row two
TheAngryWeather : montreal
yiduo : shanghai
Paripassu : shanghai

row three
supayana : montreal
irenesuchocki : montreal
fashionwholesale : shanghai

row four
colorhouse : shanghai
ShokayYarns : shanghai
skeptis : montreal
artisanimpact : montreal

row five
shirae : montreal
naochina : shanghai
MarKhed : montreal


oh how i've always loved the idea of sister cities.
two great places, joined over sea & sky by the idea of common cultural & commercial ties.
this rikrak studio series explores 
2 official sister cities @ a time,
and some of the handmaking lovelies that they share!
i've done a bit of research to find official sister cities, and love seeing what handmakers are up to there! be sure to visit the other handmade sister cities posts here.


handmade sister cities { part 8 }


shanghai, china & montreal, canada

in honour of chinese new year coming up this week, i thought we'd pay tribute to one of china's beautiful handmaking cities: the lovely shanghai, and one of her fabulous sister cities: montreal. while i haven't had the chance to visit shanghai yet, i've heard from many dear friends of the beautiful handicrafting traditions alive & well in there.

and as luck would have it, i've enjoyed visiting beautiful montreal many many times, to enjoy the amazing arts & culture so vividly abundant in this city. i think these two cultural hotspots are well paired: both so alive with living history, great art, fabulous architechture & amazing artists. 

so happy handmaking to shanghai & montreal!

have you been to either/both of these handmade sister cities? 

tell us your favourite parts/neighbourhoods/delights/sights!
we'd love to hear!

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  1. Great collection! My favorite neighbourhood in Montreal is the plateau, with all its charming streets, atmosphere, and great food.. thanks! :)

  2. Hi! Thanks for including my picture! Let's see...I love how endless Shanghai is. It's always changing but it's really maintained the same personality for over a century.

    There are so many mysterious lanes to bike, which is how I found the condemned neighborhood where I took the wall picture. Great place to wander.

  3. wow! It's an amazing collection of art! It's a great idea to pair these two different yet wonderful cities! I hope I can one day visit shanghai!

    Thank you!

  4. oooh shira! i love it too!

    and georgia - how wonderful the *mysterious lanes* sound! such a creative inspiration i bet!

    thanks, marie! me too, ... me too!

  5. What an interesting/lovely post!!
    Thanks so much for including my Raindrop earrings as part of Montreal :D
    I haven't had the chance to visit Shanghai yet, but i'd love to! I hope to get the chance soon :)

    My favourite part of Montreal is the neighborhood of Mile-End. It's full of art, great food, great music, awesome little shops and lovely bookstores :) It is also a multicultural neighborhood which make the place a lot more amazing :)
    Thanks so much again and best wishes :)


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