“Doilies are like dream catchers, each knot holding a thought, a memory. The sum of these make up the history of a place. ” – Unknown
The extravagant, dreamy design by Yayoi Kusamaat for a Louis Vuitton showroom [see pic below] caught my eye. It looks like an Alice in Wonderland … a three dimensional doily. It made me ever so nostalgic. Everyone knows what a doily is …we all grew up with doilies … at least I did. I have a couple that I have inherited from my mom, my aunt and my grandmother. They seem to get passed on from one generation to the other and they always seem for the most part to be put away and out of sight almost like being relegated to an age gone past.
After seeing this amazing design space I decided to scratch out the doilies and restore them to their rightful place and use them in my kitchen. My mom used them mostly to put over a milk jar when we served tea on Sundays and then sometimes you could find them loitering forever on the coffee table next to the old 60’s style couch. Doilies have advanced over the years – and are used all over the graphic design space and yes the culinary world too. I found a few pics … enjoy the doily delights … and dream a bit.
Thinking of the amount of care, time and love that was taken to crochet these incidental items of décor, do they not deserve another chance of being passed on to the descendants to come?
[Images: Pinterest and various internet sites]
thank you sam
I love doilies and your images are lovely. Just like a Zoo biscuit!
Hi Nig ek het ook een of twee nog van ouma maar so jammer daarvoor ek sal myself nooit toelaat om dit te gebruik nie. Het besluit om dit liewer te raam as ‘n agtergrond met borspeldjies van my ma daarop vasgesteek. Sal jou wys as dit klaar is. xx
Thanks for this lovely feedback – i will bring you a doily on my next visit to bangkok! 🙂
Thanks – goed om van jou te hooor – wag nog vir my oproep 🙂
Luv luv luv dit!!!!!!
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Doilies! How I hated them when I was growing up, until my mom passed away and I had to pack up my old family home. I had had fantasies, on the plane over, of giving them all to someone, but when it came to the crunch I wanted to keep all of them! So, I put them all (a box- full of them) in mothballs and I am still sorry I did not throw one or two into my suitcase to take home with me to Bangkok. I don’t care how kitsch they are, they transcend bad taste and are a symbol of our identity, ur…whether we like them or not. Yes, they DO deserve another chance, cause each one is, after all, a labour of love and. come to think of it, totally timeless.
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