The Japanese have a term, kenzoku, which translated literally means "family." The connotation suggests a bond between people who've made a similar commitment and who possibly therefore share a similar destiny. It implies the presence of the deepest connection of friendship, of lives lived as comrades from the distant past.*
*From "The True Meaning of Friendship" - Psychology Today
The Peddler's Fair boasted over 320 vendors and crowds estimated to be over 30,000. The weather was comfortably warm; with a refreshing afternoon breeze that shoppers found welcoming. I was on the hunt for vintage quilts and found only two. They were tattered and threadbare - unfortunate that one had been laundered just prior to the show.
I stepped into an Antique Shoppe, looking for quilts and linens. The gracious volunteer motioned me to the back room where all cotton items were displayed. As I wandered around glass cases and cabinets, I found a colorful, cross-stitched sampler on display.
Upon finding the second sampler, I asked the shop owner if I could take photos - she encouraged me to share the items with others.
The Gordian Knot is said to symbolize "a difficult problem that is impossible to solve". There are various websites that offer explanations: Wikipedia, Myths & Legends, History in a Minute Video, and Encyclopaedia Britannica.
I did find some newer quilts in the shop - not as vintage as I was hoping to find. It is heartwarming to see, however, that as one generation clears out treasures of an older generation, these loving works of art are finding their way to the antique stores. From there they have the opportunity to, once again, welcome friends into our home.
You have a wonderful blog. Thank you for stopping by mine. 9-24-2019 GS
I enjoyed looking through your lovely embroidery work, GS. Happy to link back to your blog, here.