With a husband doing research into infectious diseases, one must be prepared for anything.
The friend in question was chuffed to receive a beautiful, maroon batik fabric when her husband returned from his latest business trip to Indonesia. It has the catchy name “Batik Namru-2 Jakarta”.
He was most excited to explain that the pattern goes back decades to a time when US medical scientists first started working on researching diseases in Indonesia. It is in fact the life cycle of the malaria pathogen and perfectly suited to be made into a jolly, summery dress for his wife. Which I duly did.
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