Sunday, May 17, 2009
The Brimfield Antique and Collectable Show is so vast, that even thought I've been walking through the fields there for decades, there are some that I've yet to visit. This year the new field to explore, after trudging through the opening of Central Field, and Faxton's Midway, was New England Motel. Although I had to pay to enter, (the other fields I visited that day were free) and it didn't feel too promising at first, further in there were some real treasures on display. Many of the booths were set up in quite a formal fashion, much like an upscale indoor show. At the back of one of these spaces was an Afghani Tribal dress or shirt, I'm not sure which. The hem was made of many many layers of added material so the result was a delightful ruffled effect.
The Yoke and shoulders were festooned with all types of decoration. Handmade metal and silver jewelry, buttons and old coins embellished the lively tribal fabric. I asked, he offered, I recounted, he made a phone call to his wife, and it was mine! I may offer it at the Sculpture Show coming up in a few weeks, or it might visit with me for a while. It's a real beauty!