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« on: April 08, 2010 02:02:12 PM »

Would it be okay to make a skirt for a gypsy in a patchwork style?
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010 05:38:03 PM »

I don't see why not. Gypsies are very thrifty people (they show their wealth through their jewelery more than clothing). It makes sense to use what you have if you don't have much.

Funnily enough, I haven't been able to find a photo of a REAL gypsy wearing patchwork. I did find these:

http://rlv.zcache.com/spanish_gypsy_girls_vintage_1917_poster-p228709624205034335q4dx_400.jpg
http://www.lanoramueller.com/2009/02/22/kumpania-boleyn-gypsy-dancers-kansas-city-renaissance-festival/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tudorseulean/sets/72157618133436588/
http://tobakstudios.com/Exhibitions/Photos_Gypsies.htm
http://www.kezdiman.com/2008/09/gypsy-culture.html

Might be best to ask your intended recipient in casual conversation whether patchwork is worn by her people and her personal feelings on the style.
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2010 06:25:29 AM »

I suppose it depends on what you mean when you say Gypsy.  Do you mean a person of Rom decent?  A character?  A person with a particular personality type?  Or just the sort of hollywood icon people think of when someone says "gypsy"?  For the first, I'd do as Alexus says and just ask.  For the second, I think it depends on the character's background.  Is she likely making new clothes from older ones or found ones?  Is she a performer?  What's the sense you get from her description and actions?  For the third, again I'd just ask.  And for the last, the hollywood idea of a gypsy actually falls into two classes.  The poorer gypsies are more often associated with patchwork than the more opulent gypsy caravans of the older era of movies.  However, with both, you tend to see lots of layering.  Hope that helps!
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2010 06:56:14 PM »

If you look into the the Banjara of Rajasthan, India- their clothing is often made from a multitude of different cloth pieces. Many examples of their skirts that I have seen for sale or in photographs and video are tiered and made from different colors of bright fabric accented with shisha mirrors and a eclectic collection of trims.

Here's a random example I found on Photobucket: This one is mostly black with trim but I have seen more colorful examples.



You can see the different fabrics used to piece together other clothing here:
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« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2010 10:23:27 PM »

I don't see why not. Gypsies are very thrifty people (they show their wealth through their jewelery more than clothing). It makes sense to use what you have if you don't have much.

Funnily enough, I haven't been able to find a photo of a REAL gypsy wearing patchwork. I did find these:

http://rlv.zcache.com/spanish_gypsy_girls_vintage_1917_poster-p228709624205034335q4dx_400.jpg
http://www.lanoramueller.com/2009/02/22/kumpania-boleyn-gypsy-dancers-kansas-city-renaissance-festival/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tudorseulean/sets/72157618133436588/
http://tobakstudios.com/Exhibitions/Photos_Gypsies.htm
http://www.kezdiman.com/2008/09/gypsy-culture.html

Might be best to ask your intended recipient in casual conversation whether patchwork is worn by her people and her personal feelings on the style.

Hi everyone Smiley I just wanted to let you know that the last link on the above post has recently been changed. Too many people asking me what kezdiman means! Anyway here is the new link for the same story http://www.wildtransylvania.com/p/gypsy-culture.html
Next year I will be updating this page with more photos including the many differing styles of traditional Gypsy clothing.
Best wishes to you all! Paul
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