Crocheted Doilies–Time Bound or Cultural Relics?

Crocheted doilies—time bound or cultural relics? Japanese-American women carry on a tradition of their birthplace with the linen mats covering headrests and some the upper seat backs of their family cars as well. American born ladies of a certain age still make use of antimacassars long after the days of pomaded hair. A cousin, I think of my mother and her two brothers had them in her St. Paul house. She wasn’t much older than my mother then, in her fifties perhaps, but doilies covered the tops of upholstered furniture. She wore silky housedresses and her home smelled much older than her years, much as the home of an octogenarian who seldom left. An old person’s home not in the institutional sense but of an aged person. Overstuffed chairs gave off a musty smell under the doilies. The pocket doors had ivory capped buttons on the edge that when pushed projected the door pulls necessary for closure. The caps matched light switch buttons, save for ebony caps to turn off lights. Odd how 50 years later Japanese-American ladies could have such similar doilies as a woman from St. Paul, but with none of the old person ambience.

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