Thursday, 26 July 2012

The Way of the Kaftan

My new blue linen kaftan arrived.
Cornflower Blue.
When I wear it I will be Talitha Getty on a Marrakech rooftop.
Or Kate Winslet in Hideous Kinky ( minus kids).
My obsession with kaftans has a long history.
I once made an orange kaftan from an old hessian curtain.
Wore it to a dark smoky party in the Seventies.
It was hot dusty and itchy and I had to leave early.
We buy clothes for the lifestyle we aspire to.
The woman we long to be. You know.
That's why they hang in the wardrobe, unworn.
While we pull on our jeans, scrape back our hair and get the kids to school.

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  1. "We buy clothes for the lifestyle we aspire to.
    The woman we long to be."

    Oh how I love this!! And how the sight of that pattern reminds me of my late mom...

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    1. Thank you Jeanne. Your encouragement means a great deal to me.
      My mom was a great clothes maker when I was young. But I was embarassed by my tuisgemaakte klere and longed for shop bought.

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