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Embroidered tablecloths from Thailand (bought in Greenhills)

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It weirds me out when people lay the tablecloth on the dining table then cover it with a glass top. It’s like a policy in redundancy and a misunderstanding about the function of a tablecloth. It weirds me out even more why a dining table has to be topped with glass. When we bought our dining room furniture, I said I didn’t want the glass top but the furniture people insisted it would protect the wood surface from hot pans. Since the glass top was included in the price anyway, I took it. Still, I hate the feel of glass on my arms and I hate even more how cold it is both literally and figuratively.

I like tablecloths. We always had tablecloths when we were living in the city. They give a homey feeling in the dining room as against the cold, sterile and impersonal feeling that glass imparts. I’ve kept most of the old tablecloths but since they’re meant for a rectangular dining table, we can’t really use them on our now round dining table. It’s been hell finding new tablecloths that would fit the round table. Rectangular tables are more popular and, ergo, there are a lot more tablecloths for them than for round ones. And the few ones that fit our table were either too garish or too expensive. Just a couple of weeks ago, I checked out the prices at Kultura Filipina (Mall of Asia) and the least expensive was P3,200.00. Of course, I backed off.

Yesterday, we were in Greenhills to buy tees for Sam. Even before she could buy her first piece, I snagged two tablecloths at such great prices.

The first one is cotton with ribbon inserts and a smattering of embroidery. The edges are trimmed with cotton lace.

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Below, how it looks from the tabletop.

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Above, the details of the design.

I bought a second piece, this time in polyester linen.

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Made in Thailand. Got them for P1000 each (at today’s exchange rate, that would be around US$21). The unang turing (first price) was P1500 but I managed to get it down to P1000. Sam said I made all the tindera (sales women) cry with the way I haggled. That’s life. You’re either a smart shopper or a total pushover.

Where in Greenhills? Near the fountain area at the ground floor tiangge in Shoppesville.

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