All things bright and beautiful…

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While I was having a little mooch around Oxfam, I came across these little beauties. They are hand made fans from India. After doing a little research about these gorgeous accessories. I discovered that typically the fans made in India are either fixed or rotational. Meaning the fan could rotate in a full circle. This is quite different to the folding style made by the Chinese and Japanese, this being the style that we in the west are more familiar with. These particular one’s were fixed into place. I have learned that these charming pieces of textiles were made from many different textile techniques from embroidery to hand sewing and weaving. They also used lots of materials from bambo to leather and beads, to silk, grass, cayne, or feathers. Interestingly each province in India has claim to it’s own shape singular to itself. These ones that I found were woven with small silk flowers and beads hand stitched on.  If this is something that you are interested in you can go and find out more at The Fan Museum in Greenwhich. This amazing museum is exclusively dedicated to fans of all kind. I have sent the museum an email about them so hopefully I can find out some more information about these lovely creations.

Fans £2.99 each Oxfam

Please note that my research was done at http://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/pankha.html

Oxfam hippy

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A gorgeous Indian dress from Oxfam. Beautiful lightweight cotton printed with delicate flowers with a gold shimmery finish. It speaks for it’s self. I am truly a hippy at heart.

Dress £8.99

Vintage bag £4.99

 

Monochrome keeps forever!

Another day another find…

If I see monochrome, in whatever way it manifests itself, I have to have it. It’s timeless! It’s lovely to mix with other prints, it looks gorgeous with block colours, it looks especially fab with neon brights… It’s an all year, any season colour combination… and did I say I love it! The black and white shirt above is originally from Primark and I do not know why anyone would give this to charity. Obviously it’s a good deed giving to charity but this is such a classic piece. Well that persons loss is my multi season gain. The pencil skirt is a beautiful vintage 1980’s wool piece. Check out the little discreet button detail at the back… an interesting little design feature.   

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Shirt £3.50

Pencil skirt £3.00

both Saint Francis Hospice

  

 

This week I found a lovely festival knit and a 50’s skirt

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I have been shopping for thrifty stuff but I have been over worked so I have some photo’s to catch up on. Here is some of my recent hunting. I found this little hand knitted top in Saint Francis Hospice priced at £3.00. I just loved the fringe detail hanging from the triangles. Unfortunately it was a rather small size; about an 8-10 so I gave it to my sister. A great festival piece…

I also found this gorgeous 1950’s skirt. The bold flower print would be great with a black and white stripe piece on top. There is something about skirts with pockets that I can’t resist. When I try on a skirt and notice it has pockets for some reason I feel like I have this great added extra. This skirt was only £4.99 from Oxfam and was a size 10-12. The bag was vintage too and was priced at £2.99.

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