Sunday, September 5, 2010
Happy Birthday, Little One, Wherever You Are . . .
At any rate, the front is appliquéd and finished in what seems to me a very Chinese style and with Chinese motifs. But the back is totally different with these three dimensional figures. The frog at the top even features a mouth that opens. I feel paper inside as if it is pieced (the background) on a foundation, perhaps of paper. Polyester is freely used, and the piece has a lot of embroidery and three dimensional work on the back and the appliqué and embroidery on the front. I love the way the pockets are piped with the white, giving it a strong graphic appeal..
I think of children in the United States, and we don't have anything like this to celebrate the birthdays or the special cultural or religious events that I can think of. We DO have baptismal gowns, and I guess for the Catholic religion, there are the little white suits for the boys and the sweet little white dresses for the little girls for their confirmation date. But no matter how hard I try to imagine, I can think of nothing that is as charming or meaningful as these little colorful garments.
If anyone does know about these, please do write me to let me know what they are for and where they come from.These happy colors and the little creatures all over the back make me smile for sure.