Montgolfiere Weekly

An exploration of culture in its many forms


July 2016

My closet is bare: A clothes-free year, part 2

By Barbara Sibbald

I’ve got nothing to wear. It’s a common-enough complaint that women (primarily) utter, especially at the end of a long season (i.e., winter). Of course, it’s hyperbolic. There are lots of things I could wear, just nothing I want to wear. The usual solution is a shopping trip and a big VISA bill. But that’s against my New Year’s resolution to go without buying clothes for a year. So instead of turning outward to the shops, I turn inward and take a closer look at the contents of my cupboard. And not just my bedroom clothes closet, but also the overflow in the spare room. Continue reading “My closet is bare: A clothes-free year, part 2”

Bags and purses

By Patricia Lightfoot

The Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam is professionally curated and beautifully presented in a restored canal-side house. I had thought that this museum might fit into the “weird museum” section of this blog, but not at all. It is a first-rate museum, where the historical and social context of the objects on display is clearly explained in text and with appropriate period paintings and photographs. The collection was started 40 years ago by collectors Hendrikje and Henrik Ivo, when they bought a leather bag covered in tortoise shell and  inlaid with mother of pearl in an antiques shop in England. Their house in Amstelveen was the original home for the collection before it moved to its current location. Continue reading “Bags and purses”

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