Monday, July 23, 2012
Found this in a surf shop in Claremont. They also had some great crocheted rugs and cushions. Hand made in Indonesia by women who are paid well and love what they do - I had quite a chat to the shop owner. He said he gets abused by some people who enquire as to whether he's aware that he's exploited workers in 3rd world countries - people that just launch into him without asking whether he knows where they're made etc...
I love seeing crochet in mainstream shops. Whoever believes that it's a nana craft...needs to get with the times... of course no-one who reads this would think that, but I still encounter people who have that mentality and have forsaken home made craft as a relic of times when women were bound/burdened by domestic life. And women should have turned their back on it in the name of liberation and equality. These skills are far too suburban for our more sophisticated lifestyles.... Give me a break!! I feel so sorry for people who wouldn't be seen dead with a pair of knitting needles, crochet hook or utter the words patchwork, sewing or quilt! They are unenlightened in my view. Each to their own.....it takes all sorts...blah blah blah.