Framing Pillowcases by Renell Pacrin
One of the privileges which gave me valuable exposure while working as a support staff, is the opportunity to travel. I was able to learn many things, had a hands-on experience, and understand more of the rural development. With a bonus of discovering different cultures in and outside the country.
I have also worked as a freelance support staff. I worked and attended meetings at home (of the technical consultants’), out of town, or in a hotel. Among those places, which does not have a typical office or work station set up and atmosphere, is one of the consultants’ home which I have found amazing and cozy. It is my favorite.
The said consultant’s home, as well as the consultant (I will keep the consultant’s name and place confidential), contributed to Mima’s Homey beautification in my own terms. I admire the house’ structure and design. According to the consultant, it is a modern version of and inspired by the traditional houses in their home country. While inside the house, very spacious, no walls (which I love) except the bedrooms, and with many ornaments, collections of lovely rare items from different countries. I have copied of one them.
Travel Souvenirs on the Wall
The consultant, whenever on travel or visits their home country, always brings me a souvenir. Some of them are the three (3) hand-made cushion/throw pillow cases from their home county. I find them very beautiful and I do not want them to be used in Mima’s Homey. They are colorful and intricately made. According to the consultant, some of them are made from the scrap of cloth from the traditional women’s dress and/or skirt.
As I have mentioned before, I am fascinated with hand-made home decorations. Hence, I have put my souvenir cushion/throw pillow cases in a frame. Copied the idea from some of the home decors of the consultant, mine is similar but not exactly the same. There are lovely, unique, huge framed cloth hanged in walls, in the different part of the consultant’s home. They are all charming, vintage, appealing, and some are almost wall-to-wall cloth but no framed cushion/throw pillow cases.
When I was in a night market at Luang Prabang looking for souvenir gifts, I thought the local sales lady is playing prank on me. I have asked her why is it that the hand-made wallet is pricey compared to the other one, and she said, because the other other one was foot-made. I was in awe, thinking that it was embroidered by foot, by a person with disability. But no, she means that it was made by using a sewing machine with a matching foot demonstration! My hand-sewn cushion/pillow cases might be costly too. Though they did not served their purpose, but they became an unusual decor idea. I was able to preserve them, admiring the distinctiveness of creative, artistic hands of the makers.
About the Author:
Renell A. Dela Cruz – Pacrin is a development worker (support staff) for seventeen years who loves to cook and bake. She earned a degree in Secretarial Administration and passed the NC II (National Certificate) in Bread and Pastry Production. During her free time, she bakes cookies, cakes, and pastries, mostly for her lovely daughter’s packed snacks, family occasions, and sometimes made to order. Currently self-employed, she focuses more on her spouse’ van rental business, home duties, exploring handicrafts, and taking care of the homey.
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