I'm about to turn 70 & need to shed 'stuff' not accumulate more But how to not take home this old afghan dress desperately in need of some TLC?
I did hesitate briefly over a coffee with a friend -who l must say did not encourage me in any way
So I bought it & l love it & am now spending time mending it where necessary for its well-being but mostly just appreciating its beauty & wondering about the life of the woman who once wore it.
The tiny sealed pouch attached to the front of the sleeve is my favourite bit - so far
Will l be tempted to take a peek inside? Will let you know if l do.
I may hang the dress in my living area & just look it
but it's also possible bits will find their way onto my 'one face' cloth dolls like India's from the Japanese treasures.
Some details to marvel at
The sleeve medallions are slightly larger than pic
Sleeve - bodice join. Can you see the pouch?
The back. How uncomfortable wearing those underarm beaded bits.
The blessing for me...
I found the dress in a very beautiful rug gallery. The owners travel & source their own stock & they know exactly where each piece comes from & its story.
Some years ago when l was there talking about my passion for old textiles the owner very generously gave me an armful of treasures & l in return made him a doll dressed in some of the bits
He has now asked me if they can have some of my dolls to sell.
Thanks to all out there who contribute & follow this blog & thanks as always to India for dreaming it up.
I'd love to hear from any gatherers with a desire to develop our group in some way
ps. Just realised the dear friend above is also a gatherer - Shyama from byron bay who I see each year when I'm up north chasing the winter sun