Yesterday I became the keeper of a basket of treasures
A dear Aunt phoned last week and had my heart beating very fast indeed as she described her find….Old braid, bias bindings, zips, buttons, and buttons, and buttons. Most very old. Would I like them? Yes please.
Bundled up in my late grandmothers old sewing basket, and left on my Aunt’s verandah. They were collected. It was very emotional holding something like that. Thinking of the way they had been collated one by one – with projects, or plans in mind, no longer of any consequence in the previous owner’s passing. Some belonged to an older friend of my Aunts who passed away some time also. I wonder what her dreams for these things were.
There are some glorious buttons. Some new, some rescued from a previous articles of clothing. A few mystery items, and some things that are so old they have perished. A tag from an old raincoat that was $115 – and looks like it is from the 70’s. That must have been a spectacular coat to have cost that much back then.
I think may favourite artifact is a piece of cardboard with silken thread wound around and around. The board is wonky and uneven. The thread is glorious. the colour combination is beautiful to me. I wonder why that card was chosen, and am reminded that once, we didn’t expect everything to be perfect, and that we didn’t expect to be able to get whatever we wanted when we needed it. Frugality is slipping from our lives, replaced by fear of environmental retribution.
I wonder if I will use all these things, or pass them to someone else at the end of my days, and if they will be treasured, as I treasure them today for the tender objects that they are.
To unwind, we watched The Seven Samurai – a classic – and the direct inspiration for ‘the magnificent seven’. What a wonderful movie! Amazing to see rural Japanese farmers depicted and the drama unfold. Fascinating to me to see the costumes (or lack of), and consider how we have made all things Japanese ‘shiny’ and forget about the misery and humble nature of not so long ago. If you havn’t seen it – hunt it out. It’s long, but marvellous.