Sunday, May 29, 2016

To The Apron!

Aprons are good-old unisex accessory, and they are not any more just for butchers and cooks. Style is no longer has to be sacrificed for utilitarian functionality in the commercial and domestic kitchens. While most of the hip aprons found in the stores are designed for women, there are also frequently made aprons for men and children. Aprons bring the perfect harmony to celebrate holidays with style and joy of cooking and backing, and joy of fashion.

The culinary and style enthusiasts alike experience a high demand for aprons rebirth. This recent resurgence as fashionable and fun accessory for cooking and entertaining is bringing out the clever designs, array of colors and prints to functionality of the little bit of cloth for domestic tasks. Fashion-forward aprons making women pretty, and they are complimenting their outfits as any other fashion accessory. In retrospective, families want to live better and healthier live-styles and as a result people returning to the kitchen.

My mother, a city lady, always used an apron in the kitchen. She was sewing and used her old Zinger till her old age. She used two sets of aprons – one for domestic and kitchen work, and another to host the guests. She was making beautiful aprons for all three-generation females in our family. At one time, my mother, my daughter, and I worked in the kitchen with matching aprons. My earliest memory runs to my little Indian Dance in mom’s apron, towel turban on the head, and mom’s high heels on a hot summer August day at the family gathering outdoors. In the fifties, Zelda was a champion of table settings and cooking for family and friends in a cocktail apron around her waist when she entertained guests. She was a working woman, and we all had our own responsibilities to help my mother. She knew how to make something from nothing. I can say that I was raised with aprons. My mother was sewing the everyday aprons from old cloth to salvage or from fabric scraps and the fine aprons from new fabric specifically selected to match the tablecloth or outfits, to serve and sit down to dinner. Despite their humble beginnings, the aprons turned out to be real showcases of great sewing skills, and ability to be creative, frugal and artistic.
Fragment from the book entitled "Aprons: Tale of Traditions" written by popular Florida Author, Ida Tomshinsky.

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