Could be made out of recycled fabric for the markets at night? These beautiful paper lanterns can be easily re-created with paperclips, tape, multicolored tissue paper, pens, and sequins. Check Ikea for cheap lamp bulb/cord kits .
I really like this idea for an office or a library. Convert an old globe into a pendant light! Seems easy enough. Buy a lamp kit at your local hardware store, take apart a globe and drill a larger hole for the light. Put remainder of light together.