About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Reading, baking and sewing

I’ve been hunkered down the past couple weeks, catching up on household chores, baking lots, and being crafty.

Even though temps have been below freezing this week and we’ve just come through a snowstorm, I made a pair of summer trousers with Indian striped cotton I got on sale ($6) and a pattern purchased in London (49p). Other than mistakenly putting the lapped zipper on the right side instead of the left (I really do need better lighting in my apartment), they came out pretty well.

Striped Indian cotton trousers, made by me. 1970s Indian calico peasant blouse, thrifted. Black tank top, purchased retail many years ago. 1970s braid and brass belt, thrifted. Indian brass disc earrings, I’ve owned for decades. Masai bean necklaces, purchased at Cultural Survival Bazaar. Bangles from India. Non-leather embroidered shoes by Chinese Laundry, purchased on sale 5 years ago.I purchased the two Masai necklaces made of beans at the Cultural Survival bazaar, where I had a booth with Indian wares a couple weekends ago. The Cultural Survival bazaars have been going on for decades and have a dedicated following. Most of the attendees are interested in supporting the mission of the organizing nonprofit, which works for the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide. It seems as though every other person I spoke to had been in the Peace Corps, and most had traveled extensively. So, between the other vendors and the members of the public, there’s a non-stop parade of fascinating people to talk to.

Where I bought my necklaces. Jewelry sold to support The Warriors Organization, which helps Tanzania’s tribal communities. My vending neighbors were a Masai warrior from Tanzania and a man selling Ecuadorean folk paintings and silver jewelry. The latter vendor served in the Peace Corps in India in the 1970s, and prior to that witnessed the burgeoning hippie scene in London in 1966.

I bought a vintage Indian necklace at this booth. One of the dangling bits was missing so I found the brass tree pendant in my pile of stray jewelry bits and added it in the center.Fair-trade chocolate to sample and buy. I did both. A vendor selling Bolivian sweaters and hats also had this bizarre carnival-mask-inspired balaklava. I was told that they sold a number of them over the course of the weekend. I’ve also been reading. In the past couple years, in my never-ending -- and mostly Sisyphean -- effort to de-clutter, I’ve been doing my best to read books I own instead of popping over to the public library. Once I read a book, I pass it on if I don’t want it for reference or can’t imagine re-reading it.

In that vein, I just finished Only My Dreams: An English Girlhood by Hilda Ann Salusbury, published in 1990. It’s a memoir of a girl growing up in a Norfolk village and later, as a young woman, going out into the world, spanning the years 1913 to 1930. Written in a very matter-of-fact voice in spite of hardship (the author’s mother deserted her, her father, and 3 younger siblings early on) and disappointments (being forced to take care of the household instead of furthering her education).

I found the account of daily life of a working- class girl-- what she ate, how she did household chores, what she wore – fascinating. Later, when the author is training to be a nurse in London, she gives a vivid account of East London slums:

“One thing I discovered early in my course was that East Enders were allergic to soap and hot water. Their attitude to cleanliness was appalling; their knowledge of hygiene non-existent.”

Her romantic relationships with men aren’t too different from what you’d find in contemporary chick lit as most of them turn out to be cads (except for one, of course).

I’m lending the book to a friend, but will get it back and offer it as a give-away here at some point.

I’m off to read some blogs now with a cup of tea and an orange-walnut biscotti (or two). Recipe from Holy Cow!: A Vegan Recipe Blog.

Linking up to Not Dead Yet Style's last Visible Monday of 2013.

Reader Comments (15)

Great necklace you found and I'm loviin' what you added to it. Makes it even more unique. Now that you've mentioned the biscotti I'm craving something sweet!!

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

I agree with Joni, the little tree you added to that lovely pendant makes it even better!
Great trousers, I am impressed with your sewing skills. Maybe 2013 will be the year I actually do some sewing as opposed to just talking about it...
The book sounds interesting, might try and track it down to read, then pass on to my mum, she's like it too.
I am trying to de-clutter too, just picked out a pile of stuff to EBay and donate, and been through the kids' clothes too.
Happy new year to you, Jo! xxx

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

Ooo, lovely Indian pendant, the addition looks like it was always there!
Great job on the pants....I SO need to get sewing, I have a billion things I want to make!
I wouldn't have minded fossicking about those stalls, so much goodness!
Happy New Year! XXX

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHelga

Oh, enjoy that biscotti (now my mouth is watering for one.) Your new trousers are really terrific, as is the pendant! Thanks for sharing all the beauty with Visible Monday.

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatti @ NotDeadYet Style

You mean the Brits zip on the opposite side, too? Ha ha.

That book sounds interesting. It's good to get a firsthand view of such a different way of life, and not even that long ago. Makes us seem pretty soft.

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVal Sparkle

I love that whole table of Masai jewelry- what a facinating sell that looks to be. Your pants are way cool, and paired with polka dot top and colorful jewelry is perfect- casual, charming and chic. Happy Monday! Happy New Years! http://www.thecitizenrosebud.com/2012/12/outfit-post-better-red-than-dead.html

December 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBella Q, the Citizen Rosebud

That bazaar sounds so cool, and your pendant is a beaut. Wish I was crafty (can barely sew a button on). I never used to be into biographies but in recent years I've come to appreciate them much more. Now I'm just thrilled if I can find an English-language book!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

Those pants are gorgeous, you clever thing! My zips always end up on the wrong side,too. Less haste, more speed and all that jazz!
That necklace and the stalls have me even more excited now, I can't wait to start haggling for some new jewellery later on this week, you know I need some more!
So lovely to finally get to meet you and hang out with you twice this year, Jo! Here's to doing it all over again soon.
Happy New Year and wishing you all that's good in 2013! x

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

My 22-year old son tells me pants like that are cool again in Brooklyn! Soon to sweep the world. You're ahead of the times.

Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I really enjoyed this post and I agree, these pants are back in...I have seen them in Austin, TX!! Thanks for being so informative.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam@over50feeling40.com

Love those pants. Very cool hippy chic. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures of the art work.
That book sounds really interesting. I have been doing some geneaology and have discovered a number of ancestors in England. It would be interesting to find out what their lives were like.

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbi@SheAccessorizesWell

Love the fabric of the pants you've made. And, of course, what you're wearing with them. Being amongst all those items for sale would've been beyond me. The way I don't buy things is by not being there to be tempted!

December 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpao

The tree looks as if it's always been on the necklace - great job! Love your trousers.

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Love the pants! What a great fabric.

And a very Happy New Year to you!

January 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLizzie

I'm so impressed with those gorgeous trousers Jo. You've done a fab job there.
I agree with everyone else about the necklace, the little tree makes it your own. Loved to hear about the bazaar, it looks an amazing event.
It was fab to meet up with you in person Jo. I still think about the lovely time we all had together. I do hope I'll catch up with you again sometime in 2013. Wishing you all the very best
Annie xxx

January 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

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