As I have mentioned before, I am a collector. I have many objects that call my name, but none is as dear to me as my antique ribbon work. If I had a chance to gather up only one collection, you know, before the meteor hits or something, it would be my ribbon work without a doubt. Do you know what ribbon work is? Well, if you don't mind indulging the scholar in me, refill your coffee and let me tell you a little bit.
Women have been adorning themselves and their clothing since time began. I have no doubt that Eve, shortly after donning those well placed fig leaves, set out to jazz them up with some additional petals or leaves somehow. During the first quarter of the 20th century, women had more time than in previous decades to spend making their world lovely (thanks Industrial Revolution), and pretty it up they did. They began making intricate flowers out of silk ribbon and adorning garments and all manner of boudoir items with them. Entire books and magazines were devoted to the art and craft of ribbon work, showing housewives how to adorn everyday items with ribbon. The craft became so popular, studios in France employed women to make rather ornate silk ribbon bouquets. They would generally be put on a background of crinoline or buckram which could then be basted on garments after market, if you will. It allowed the flowers to be removed if the garment needed to be cleaned. Many of the leading department stores in the teens and 1920's carried the exquisite French imports which could then be added to your own garment if you didn't wish to make your own. I presume that these stores probably carried some of the beautiful French vanity items which were also adorned with ribbon work.
While I am sure this is an exaggeration, it sometimes seems as though anything that didn't move got fancied up with ribbons and ribbon work. It is these items that make my heart skip a beat. Since being introduced to these 1920's treasures by a dear friend over 15 years ago, it has become my
Until next time,