Sunday, June 20, 2010

What goes around

comes around. Even though some may think this is Justin Timberlake's creation, it is not. No specific source can be found for the phrase...perhaps a karma connection based on my research. But...it does connect me to today's post. I have been seeing ads for crocheted sweaters, dresses, and purses in fashion magazines and daily in the New York Times department store ads. Here are sandals from Saks 5th Avenue...a unique crochet item...Of course, you know this is related to something in the shop...and here they are...vintage...almost antique...crocheted purses...
The history of crochet is unknown. The word is derived from the French word "crochet", meaning hook. Some believe that it originated in Arabia and spread eastward to Tibet and then westward to Spain, finally following the Arab trade routes to other Mediterranean countries. Alternatively, it's thought to have originated in South America, where a primitive tribe used crochet adornments in puberty rites. Another alternative stems from the fact that in China, early examples were known of dolls worked in crochet.

Crochet as we know it dates to the late 1700s. Based on my research, "crochet may have developed from Chinese needlework, an ancient form of embroidery known in Turkey, India, Persia and North Africa, which reached Europe in the eighteenth century, and was referred to as tambouring. The main theory behind the origin of crochet seems to be that it began when it was realized that chains worked in a pattern would hang together without background fabric. At the end of the eighteenth century, tambour evolved into what the French called crochet in the air, when the background fabric was discarded and the stitch worked on its own. Tambour hooks were as thin as sewing needles, and therefore the work must have been done with very fine thread."

The purses I found are from the 1930s. One has an NRA label (National Recovery Act~FDR tried to revive the economy after the Depression-sound familiar?)...the label also represents fair labor, working conditions, and wages with no child labor. Again...what goes around...

This one is so special from the clasp that lifts up...to the celluloid chain...to the amazing lining.

























The ivory one has the sticker and a matching change purse.Here is the NRA tag.
The third one has a carved ivorine handle and excellent condition silk lining.
So, if you want a special purse for a summer wedding or event, you can find these at the shop!


























And for the fathers today...this was mounted on a building at the Trade Center site...life indeed does go on, doesn't it?

1 comment:

ann at greenoak said...

love how you lined up your pictures on the sides..
..and didnt we have some cool crochet in the 70s too?
your hoosier buddy...