Saturday 26 November 2011

Apaches go back (apache part 7)

Very interesting pictures of polka dot shirt and work chore jacket for french (?) apache males…

Denim ? Maybe a US interpretation of the french style ?

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Apaches go back (apache part 6)

Apache danse…

Apache is a highly dramatic dance associated in popular culture with Parisian street culture in the beginning of the 20th century. The name of the dance is taken from a Parisian street gang, which in turn was named for the American Indian tribe due to the perceived savagery of the hoodlums. The term came to be used more generally to refer to certain vicious elements of the Paris underworld at the beginning of the 20th century.

The dance is sometimes said to reenact a violent "discussion" between a pimp and a prostitute. It includes mock slaps and punches, the man picking up and throwing the woman to the ground, or lifting and carrying her while she struggles or feigns unconsciousness. Thus, the dance shares many features with the theatrical discipline of stage combat. In some examples, the woman may fight back.

Mr French Cancan's "Apache danse" 1930's brooch, bought on ETSY

Friday 18 November 2011

Jack Face & the volcanoes - Buzzin' Bee

Mister French Cancan didn't play rock'n'roll for a long time …few weeks ago near Paris with his two old friends, roots minor rockabilly trio sounded good on the nice 40's cutaway doublebass…No tuxedo or tweed jazz suit on scene this time… only old denim ! Thanks again Jacques …

Saturday 12 November 2011

Regretting things (part 11)

Fabulous 1900's deadstock "belle jardinière" french herringbone linen hunting set. Left side victorian style buttoned jacket with heavy right side double lining (shoulder chest and sleeves) for rifle detonation. Hankle buttoned pants. Typical ivory/bones buttons (complete). Very elegant suit for dandy's hunter…incredible condition for incredible clothes…Bye Bye old friend and have new good times in the rising fun forests…

Thank you Hiroshi…

Tuesday 8 November 2011

Blue Calico (part 1)

Early Indian chintzes, that is a glazed calico with large floral pattern, were primarily produced by painting techniques. Later, the hues were applied by means of wooden blocks, and it was the wooden block printing that was used in London. Confusingly, linen and silk that was printed by this method was known as linen calicoes and silk calicoes. The early European calicoes (1680) would thus be a cheap equal weft and warp plain weave cotton fabric in white, cream or unbleached cotton, with a block printed design using a single alizarin dye, fixed with two mordants giving a red and black pattern. Polychromatic prints could be done, with two sets of blocks and an additional blue dye. The Indian taste was for dark printed backgrounds while the European market preferred a pattern on a cream base. As the century progressed the European preference moved from the large chintz patterns to a smaller, tighter patterns.

Great faded patched blue calico 1890's amish dress