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Weekly photo challenge …. Frayed!

August 26, 2014

I come from a generation who did not live beyond their means. My mother {and father] would make do and mend.  Frayed collars and cuffs were turned to give shirts a new lease of life.  Bed sheets were turned sides to middle; although with a rather uncomfortable seam down the middle, a would be frayed sheet would last a bit longer.  The frayed edge of dress was trimmed with rick-rack braid or bias binding when a party dress had seen better days.

Long before shabby became chic, our mothers were using ingenious methods to make ends meet or thwart the fraying process.

But it is strange that the frayed look has become fashionable my denim jeans look best when a little frayed ; strategically!

While in Brazil we visited a street market where local craftsmen and women and artists sold their works.

One I particularly enjoy, is a lady who has maintained the skills of her forbears in making use of sacks used in the coffee and sugar trade. They are ‘works of art’ the frayed edges are combed and twisted to wonderful fringes …





4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2014 12:51 am

    Our parents must be of the same age. It’s a good, satisfying habit (correct term?) to have. I love reusing things in different ways. Today I was thinking of asking the Mama where the old rice sacks were so I could turn them into kitchen towels. We’re in need of more and I don’t feel like paying the high prices for the flimsy things they sell in the store.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

    • August 27, 2014 7:25 am

      Yes … I see from your Blog your mum is in her 90s. My mum died earlier this year at almost 90. Rice sacks are very useful the are much finer and make lovely kitchen towels!! I wish I could find a supply … maybe in China Town. Yes it is a satisfying habit!!!


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