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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Let's bungle in the jungle

I was at my local thrift store the other day when I saw two policemen walk to the men’s clothing section in the back. I heard one say, “Could you please show us some ID.” Then four more policemen came in and walked to the back of the store. They radioed in someone’s info, called for a “wagon” and then led the man out. Never a dull moment at the thrift store.

Not one to be put off by a criminal arrest, I picked up a couple items just for their fabric.

An Indian top made of decent-quality block-printed cotton embellished with sequins. It's too small so I'll cut it up for some other use.

Early 1980s Laura Ashley corduroy dress with enough fabric in the skirt to make a couple sturdy tote bags.

I also scored a bunch of fab 1960s and 70s scarves.

Let me sing you a tune about the one on the bottom right.

Walking through forests of palm tree apartments

Scoff at the monkeys who live in their dark tents

Down by the waterhole, drunk every Friday
Eating their nuts, saving their raisins for Sunday

Lions and tigers who wait in the shadows
They're fast but they're lazy, and sleep in green meadows
Well, let's bungle in the jungle
Well, that's all right by me, yes

Well, I'm a tiger when I want love
And I'm a snake if we disagree

The rivers are full of crocodile nasties
And he who made kittens put snakes in the grass, he's
A lover of life, but a player of pawns
Yes, the king on his sunset lies waiting for dawn

To light up his jungle as play is resumed
The monkeys seem willing to strike up the tune

I think the label is one of those that you can order with your name and that this is simply a homemade scarf. I am guessing from the happy lion with the curlicue mane that it’s 1970s. I think my discovery of this charming menagerie is worthy of Ta-Dah! Tuesday.

I do like a man in a doublet, so here's a video in honor of my scarf score. I couldn’t find decent concert footage of this song. The best is this mashup.


Reader Comments (7)

What a cool post. I was reading and reading and Jethro Tull was starting to come to mind. Great video to top it all off. :) Aaah, my aspiration to play the flute as Ian Anderson did have faded along with many other musical aspirations. Oh well, thankful the records can still be played.

September 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

Aah what great fabrics. I don't know whether to be jealous that I'm not very good at refashioning, or relieved that I'm not picking up more stuff I have no space for just cos I like the fabric (Even if I were good at sewing, I'm also good at procrastinating!)

What lovely fabrics, and what a great jungle print scarf! xx

September 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

An arrest in a charity shop? Madness! Love that you carried on regardless and picked up some fabulously bright and groovy stuff! Those scarves are all wonderful! x

September 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

That handmade scarf is lovely and you found just the right track to go with it. I love JethroTull - saw them at the BIC a few years ago now.

September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLittle Nell

hi there!
love all the fabrics you got!
just noticed your comments on my blog - thanks so much! will check the sticky fingers book for that recipe you mentioned! also interested in your thoughts on arcadia - are you on goodreads? i just finished little miss strange - and while it wasnt commune based it was based in the early 70s and was really wonderful!

September 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersian

You were so lucky to find those lovely fabrics & scarves. You must have great thrift shops around you - great finds & drama thrown in...

September 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

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