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ornamentedbeing:

” … As the pieces come together, help me sew seams that are straight, so that nothing tears apart or unravels; and when it does, show me where and how to patch with just the right touch… ”  
The Seamstress’ Prayer  by Jay Hanley

ornamentedbeing:

” … As the pieces come together, help me sew seams that are straight, so that nothing tears apart or unravels; and when it does, show me where and how to patch with just the right touch… ”  

The Seamstress’ Prayer  by Jay Hanley

Dec 14th, 2011

ornamentedbeing:

“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? …”

Sep 2nd, 2011

ornamentedbeing:

“When in doubt, wear red.”

Manchester City Galleries

c.1620-1640

Note the delicate silk blue ribbon around the edges of the stays.

The second pair of stays are half boned stays from the V&A circa 1770-90.

The third pair of stays are a detail of the hand stitching. These are also from the V&A and are circa 1770-80.

Fast forward to 1880. This corset has a lovely detail embroidered into the gore and you can see that steel had replaced the whalebone of the earlier stays. 

Aug 6th, 2011
alicekagami:

巴御前・宮川町の芸妓 君香さん (by momoyama)
A description of Tomoe Gozen from The Tale of the Heike:“Tomoe was especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming  features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swordswoman  she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god,  mounted or on foot. She handled unbroken horses with superb skill; she  rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent,  Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor,  an oversized sword, and a mighty bow; and she performed more deeds of  valor than any of his other warriors.”

alicekagami:

巴御前・宮川町の芸妓 君香さん (by momoyama)

A description of Tomoe Gozen from The Tale of the Heike:
“Tomoe was especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swordswoman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot. She handled unbroken horses with superb skill; she rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an oversized sword, and a mighty bow; and she performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors.”

(via aristocraticelegance)

Jun 29th, 2011