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Sartoriamo

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The things we learn: I was hitting the 70% off consignment sale and grabbed this cummerbund because it looked cool. I'd never seen one like it. As I was checking out, a lady started going on about some islands near Panama and how this was somehow related to them and had a story.

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So I researched, and well, it turns out that this was made using a form of reverse appliqué developed by the Guna people of the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama. It was originally based on the way they painted their bodies back in the day before the missionaries started making them wear clothes. "The Cuna are famous for their bright molas, a colorful textile art form made with the techniques of appliqué and reverse appliqué. Mola panels are used to make the blouses of the Kuna women's national dress, which is worn daily by many Cuna women. Mola means "clothing" in the Kuna language". Here they are (picture by Yves Picq):

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"The Cuna have been staunchly resistant to Hispanic assimilation, largely retaining their dress and language". Well, good for them.

So now the second part of the story.
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This NM piece is marked with the signature of Laurice Keyloun, who had a custom boutique in White Plains, NY in the latter half of last century. At one point, she journeyed to the San Blas Islands where she worked to support and promote the Mola fabric art of the Cuna Indians, and no doubt this piece is a result of that.

Anyway, there's your trivia for today. I have never had an occasion to wear a C'bund, but I'll probably keep this for when that day comes, just because I love stories like this. It's all part of "this thing we do".
 
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So I thrifted another pair of gokey this past week. This makes three separate pair in the last few months. All different and from different thrift stores.
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these things are tanks. The leather is absurdly thick and the only thing I can compare it to was when I handled Viberg boots for the first time. As per what I read online I bought some Obernauf and have now applied two coats over a few days And they look great and I feel like they could handle almost anything.
i will definitely be keeping my eye out for more, mayhaps some boots will also be forthcoming from the thrift gods. If you see a pair of these, give them a try.
 

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Damn that's a fucking score @Fueco !

Also does that tag say Feb 21?... So that's how we're meant to only be able to find shit like that huh? Time travelling into the future and bringing back thrift scores.
I think they mean ‘week of 2/21’. I have to assume I got there minutes after they put it out. The same store routinely prices beat up hiking boots at $40, so they blew that one. This certainly made my four stop quick thrift run worthwhile.
 

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The things we learn: I was hitting the 70% off consignment sale and grabbed this cummerbund because it looked cool. I'd never seen one like it. As I was checking out, a lady started going on about some islands near Panama and how this was somehow related to them and was quite unique.

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So I researched, and well, it turns out that this was made using a form of reverse appliqué developed by the Guna people of the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama. It was originally based on the way they painted their bodies back in the day before the missionaries started making them wear clothes. "The Cuna are famous for their bright molas, a colorful textile art form made with the techniques of appliqué and reverse appliqué. Mola panels are used to make the blouses of the Kuna women's national dress, which is worn daily by many Cuna women. Mola means "clothing" in the Kuna language". Here they are (picture by Yves Picq):

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"The Cuna have been staunchly resistant to Hispanic assimilation, largely retaining their dress and language". Well, good for them.
Been there...
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