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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Collecting: Scarves

A Thrift Store Find-- from Australia
Some people collect rocks or coins. Me? Well, I have collected some of those, but I think I like vintage scarf collecting better.

Often, for a pretty low price, you can own a little piece of a luxury material (most of them are made out of silk), which is better described as wearable art. They are often signed by a designer (a trend begun by an American scarf maker). If the label has been removed, and they aren't signed, I really don't know how to identify them--but they're still pretty.

Here are a few of my favorites from my personal collection.  Please pardon the photography.  I just took some quick snapshots.

The first one is probably from the 50s.  I'm tempted to frame it and hang it on the wall.  It's the Grand Canal in Venice.  I have a feeling this was a souvenir someone bought on a trip there.  Maybe I'll see Venizia (as the locals call it) for myself someday.  For now, I have this beauty.

This is a blurry shot...sorry. I picked it out of a pile of scarves because I liked the colors, only to unfold it and realize the paisleys and things form a dragon face in the middle.  There are actually two faces; if you turn it over, the face in the middle seems a little less fierce than this one.

I don't know what this scarf says. I'd love to have it translated.  I believe this is either Korean or Japanese (sorry for my ignorance, folks).  The art in the four corners really leads me to believe it's Japanese.

Well, that's all for now.  Do any of you have some fun or pretty collections you'd like to share?  If so, contact me in the comments section or on my Facebook fanpage.  Who knows?  I might decide to feature it here.

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