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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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Indian jacket with a past

Sometimes I wonder about the backstory of items I find at thrift shops.

Sabina of India jacket, $6.00, Boomerang (charity shop) This 1970s long jacket is of hand-woven cotton and is block-printed by hand. It has seen better days with a few ripped seams and one sleeve about 3 inches longer than the other. The longer one is patched.

I loved the hand-woven and hand-printed quality as well as the crazy print. Is that a cow, a tortoise, a buffalo? (I'm open to other suggestions)

One label says “Sabina of India/Made in India.” There is also a hand-sewn label for the department store, Bergdorf Goodman on the Plaza, New York. (An online search also turned up Sabina of India vintage clothes with hand-sewn Lord & Taylor labels). I am not showing that label because it has a person’s name handwritten on it. There is also another name and number handwritten on the inside. This made me think it must have made the rounds in a college dormitory (residence hall). So, I googled the distinctive name on the Bergdorf label and was able to identify the previous owner (and the one who probably donated it to the charity shop where I bought it) as a young woman who lives in the next town over from me. And she’s also vegan like me! Chances are, I’ll probably cross paths with her one day at one of the various vegan social events I attend. In the meantime, I am trying to decide whether to turn this into a short-sleeved, shorter, more fitted jacket, or a tote bag. Maybe I'll have it on/with me when I run into the previous owner!

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I haven't been getting updated with your blog, I'm sorry! that coat is stunning. I'd have bought that like a shot. How brilliant to trace the original owner and find shared interests, it's like fate brought that fabulous coat to you. x

February 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

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