At the end of January 1999, members of CandiChat mailing list took part in our first Candi swap. Participants sent a Candi outfit representing their home country / state and a short (or long) story about their home country / state. We did not exchange dolls (to cut down on postage) but creativity and fun ideas.
On this page, you can see some of the pretty creations that resulted. I will add more pictures and stories as soon as I get them. Enjoy! :-)
A year or so ago, we already had another Candi swap at the old CandiLand mailing list. It would be nice to collect pictures on a web site, too. Contributions welcome!
Made by Augie for Michelle.Candi explores the country on skis kept warm and comfortable by her new snow suit. She has also brought along an extra outfit to relax in the evenings.
Made by Michelle for Augie.
|Fun in the sun on South Beach.|
|Nights are hot in the Magic City.|
|Swap gift is nicely packaged in a folder.|
|Lots of info about Florida.|
Made by Jennifer from Arizona for Anja.
Here in the desert Southwest the Parada del Sol Rodeo is a
"must do" annual event. It's been going on for nearly 100
years. Socially savvy Candi attends this gala celebration of
western spirit in her spiffy black and pink "Rhinestone
Cowgirl" outfit. After watching the bull-riding and barrel
racing, and checking out all the cute cowboys, she enters the
country dance contest. It's no surprise to anyone that the lovely
Candi girl wins the two-step contest hand down.
Made by Anja from Germany for Jennifer.
Karneval (carnival) is the "fifth season" in the Rhein area. From November 11th to Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday), there are all sort of humorous activities like masquerade parties and sessions with satirical political talks and music.
Candi celebrates Karneval as the dancing "Marieche" from the "Kölner Rote Funken" guards. This predominantly male group of carnival activists was founded in Köln in 1823 and is an important element of carnival traditions. There was a time when "Marie" had been male, too. Nowadays she is the guard's only woman and a central figure of carnival in the Rhein area.
Our pretty Candi Girl has been practising all year round and now she and her dashing guards officer dance at all the major carnival sessions. They receive a souvenir medal from each session.
Finally, Candi joins the guards' waggon at the carnival procession on
Rosenmontag (Monday before Lent). She greats people with a heartily
"Kölle Alaaf" and generously throws "Bützche"
(kisses) and "Kamelle" (drops) to her admirers. This is the
highlight and end of the carnival season. All too sudden it will be
Aschermittwoch and Funkemarieche Candi will say good-bye ... until next time
... "Kölle Alaaf"!
Made by Sue from New Zealand for Melissa.
Palazzo pants and an oriental asymmetrical bodice make up the
main two pieces of this outfit. University women in Wellington
celebrate the different facets of New Zealand culture. Rather than
traditionally following a Pacific Island theme, I thought it would
be interesting to take up the style of the inner-city Wellington
landscape. Wellington is rural (compared to New York) yet
sophisticated in a truly New Zealand sense. Often you find
stereo-typed people breaking the mold to wear clothing outside
their traditional culture. The read hair piece is to be pushed into
a ponytail--hair pieces are quite an easy way to add
difference--something that Wellingtonians thrive on.
Made by Melissa for Sue.
|Postcard with state flag and state flowers.|
Maryland is a place Candi enjoys visiting. It's within easy reach of the nation's capitol, Washington D.C., yet far enough to avoid most of the political hustle and bustle. It has many historic sights, including Fort Mettenry in Baltimore, where our national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner", was penned. Maryland is home to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. It also has many beautiful rural areas with tobacco barns and Black-Eyed Susans. And of course, there is the famous Chesapeake Bay with its wonderful crab houses serving delicious crab cakes.
On this visit, Candi is wearing golden yellow slacks and a shirt
with matching back patterned after the state flag and the state
flower. She's planning to visit rural Maryland and find a nice
crab house for lunch.
Sent from Dorothy to Jule.
Dorothy lives in Tucson, Arizona. Tucson is a multi cultural city, and the
dress is fashioned after the Folklorcia dance dress.
Made by Jule from Germany for Dorothy.