Plaid Overall Dress
Now that the cool winds of Autumn are upon us, it’s time for me to put away my warm weather madras plaid and bring out my wooly tartan plaids. Plaid has long been a staple in this Scottish household (Lochsloy!) and while my devotion to our lineage is earnest, my clan colors are not always (how shall I say this?) fashionably relevant.
Fortunately, I have found the answer. I can begin my transitional season dressing with our Plaid Overall Dress. Unlike my own clan tartan, this plaid is a subtle blend of menswear hues made from our exclusive lightweight alpaca/wool blend fabric. This design makes me feel like Meg Ryan in "You’ve Got Mail" walking around New York with an optimistic school-girl sophistication. Perhaps it is the fondness for of all-things Autumn but it could be the simple nostalgia for plaid, bringing back the memories of parochial jumpers and our carefree days of youth.
If you are ready to tap into the sentimental nature of plaid then take a look at these designs:
One of my favorite things about Peruvian Connection is a long and enduring commitment to our community of artisans. Since Annie’s first visit to Peru back in 1976, we’ve been proud to work with skilled craftswomen whose efforts are rewarded with good wages and clean, safe working conditions.
But sadly, these women are in the minority.
A staggering 70% of Peruvian women work in precarious conditions with low income and virtually no access to social benefits. Their best opportunity to earn money is to operate a small business. These women are willing to invest the long hours it takes to operate and grow their business, but without capital or training, survival is difficult … and success is rare.
Pro Mujer helps Peruvian women—and working women in Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Argentina—rise above the poverty line with access to micro-loans, basic business training and affordable healthcare services. We’re proud to support Pro Mujer Peru, a nonprofit organization that shares our philosophy of respect for other cultures, the fostering of artisan traditions, and ecological and economical sustainability.
If you’d like to help, you may make a tax-deductible donation to Pro Mujer on our site, or purchase a luxurious throw, the proceeds of which go directly to Pro Mujer. To learn more about Pro Mujer’s work, visit www.promujer.org.
Narrow Confetti Bangles
I have a weakness for hand-embroidery. It seems it has become a lost art among today’s industrialized manufacturing and usually reserved for larger textiles. However, my appetite for this small handicraft has been appeased by our uncommon collection of embroidered accessories.
Our artisans begin by hand-weaving the fabric base for all our embroidered jewelry. Then once the small patch of fabric is framed, an artisan carefully begins to hand-stitch the pattern onto the fabric. Some are graphic pre-Columbian tribal patterns and others employ the more floral Spanish Colonial motif. Often they are accented with beads but all designs use satiny pima cotton threads as their medium. The detail is so finite and perfect; everyone pulls you closer just to take a discerning look.
I like to wear them with my favorite sweater and jeans. They are also a beautiful finishing touch when heading out for a night on the town. Just be prepared to stop and allow for spectators!
I cannot explain why I am so obsessed with the mystery. Nor can I justify my time spent in the relentless search. However, the question still remains…..what is the flower depicted on our Exotica Skirt?
Mystery Flower detail from our Exotica Skirt
I spoke with the designer and she told me that it was inspired by a flower in a large 18th century French textile (see above). She did not know the exact botanical species except to offer that it looked tropical.
I searched hundreds of images on the internet to no avail. I contacted a retired horticulturist who also could not identify it. However, he did drop a heavy encyclopedia of tropical flowers on my desk. (insert thud)
Many blurry pages later I can only conclude that the flower must be an artist hybrid. A stylized combination of blooms. Perhaps a Water Lily combined with the flower of a Floss Silk Tree or a tropical Dahlia mixed with the pedals of an Iris.
I now pose the question to you, our blog audience. What do you think our exotic flower could be?
More flower themed knit skirts: