On Saturday I met up with some friends in the city for a “Saturday Experience” (all of our own making!). I shall apologies in advance for the poor photography; I didn’t want to lug my camera into town, so the pics were taken on my phone.
We chatted while we patiently queued for a table at Hopetoun Tearooms for our lunch (so very worth the wait!), drooling over the window
Once we’d had our fill (and possibly a bit more) we waddled over the road and down Swanston Street to l’uccello where it’s always a joyful experience to shop, and then around the corridor to Kimono House, the actual purpose of our ‘venture, to see the small but fascinating Boro exhibition. These are mended and patched textiles and clothing from nineteenth and early twentieth century Japan.
(read more about boro by clicking on the link above). I felt sad that these people were so poor that they were constantly trying to renew what were basically rags with other old scraps of fabrics, but they are quietly beautiful. When I told Ma Kettle of our visit and my reaction, she reminded me that western society was often no different and she can remember her Mum (my Nanna who taught me to sew) patching clothing with exquisite stitching as they couldn’t afford to replace the item in question. I’m feeling much more appreciative of and valuing our current standard of living in western society.
Speaking of which…… I just might have purchased these from Kimono House
A lovely experience and an utterly delightful day!