Today we read “Where Did My Clothes Come From?” by Chris Butterworth with illustrations by Lucia Gaggiotti. It is a book we checked out from the library and it was super informative. We enjoyed the pictures very much and talked about our favorite clothes. This is the type of book that is a great jumping off point to explore more after reading. This time we found ourselves inspecting a pair of jeans and googling videos about shearing animals.
On YouTube we found many videos of people shearing sheep, goats, alpacas and angora rabbits for their fur. This also led to watching other goat videos- like goats that climb trees and how baby goats have to be awesome climbers at one week old. Lastly we ended up watching all of Block Shop’s process videos of their block carving, dyeing and printing by master artisans for their scarves made in Bagru, India (which can be found on their Instagram account).
Next time we read this book we may want to learn more about silk worms or making rubber or traditional clothing worn in other cultures. I love how this organic kind of learning unfolds for us. I always find that my curiosity is piqued just as much as Clover’s. I appreciate our opportunities to take time and to have the resources to find out about anything we can think of.
Another excellent (and relevant) read is “Pelle’s New Suit” by Elsa Beskow. We have checked it out many times and I remember grabbing all of my wool sweaters down out of the closet to feel the fabric one time after reading. It was a great first story about where clothes come from and how garments used to be made more or less by hand. It has also been on the book shelves of every early childhood program that I have worked in which I think is a sign that is a good book for children.
For painting and cooking and cleaning and dress up. This week Clover has started washing dishes for me. Wearing her apron makes the task feel quite official I am sure.
I have a primarily a navy blue, indigo and denim filled wardrobe so I am really appreciating the recent trends in this country that follow my tastes. maiki picked out a really cool blue mixed plaid scarf from Madewell (maybe last fall) that perfectly matches my aesthetic. It is billowy and light but warm. We also picked up a Kiriko Made scarf and it is a lovely piece. A smaller scarf that is more defined, like a tie.
Ace and Jig is designing some really nice garments with mixed patterns that are hand made on looms in India. I love their kimono style jackets, and they are reversible! Such beautiful stitching.
This jacket is from Anthropologie and is a more tailored option that I think it would look nice with my dresses.
Vintage is also a great choice. I prefer used clothes every time. The distressed, more traditional Japanese pieces like this patched workers coat and sashiko stictched scarf are from OldIndustrial12 on Etsy and ship from Japan. They look well cared for and appreciated.
maiki and I recently watched Freaks and Geeks for the first time. It was really a great show that I am now wishing never ended. Bill is my favorite and he is the geekiest but also the funniest one in the show. His character was just so sweet and honest. I enjoy watching Martin Starr in Silicon Valley but was happily surprised by his range as a younger actor.
This project by Emily Henderson is so wonderful.
This post to the Ma Books describes what I do with my free days: walk and recharge.
“Thank you for the messy wash of thoughts that sluice as I move, and for these hands ready to grasp, hold, caress. I speak my patience, my energy, my hopes into the arms of the alders, the fulsome songs of the birds, the winding edge of the road I walk along.”
These photographic prints by Bree Madden are lovely and would look so nice on the walls in my sisters new place. I wish I could buy them all and send them to her.
This summer Clover will be attending the Angelina Ballerina camp on Saturday mornings. She is very excited and I am looking forward to the two hours of reading time I will get each session. Otherwise we do not have too much planned for the summer and it sounds relaxing.
I have been wearing dresses and skirts every day of the recent heat wave. I think this one would be nice to add to my collection.
Also, this navy wrap dress from Field Day in Oakland is the most functional and well fitting garment in my closet!