On Textiles and Motherhood
I was recommended the jewel box of a book, “Decors Barbares” by a dear friend, and ordered it promptly from Reed Smythe & Company, one of my favorite shops. The first line of Nathalie Farman-Farma’s introduction reads:
"With hindsight I can see that I was always sensitive to the power of atmospheric rooms. However, it was only later in life, after I started a family, that I became involved in the art of interiors, and specifically textiles."
Nathalie’s words resonate deeply with me. As she mentions, one can always be sensitive to the levels of comfort, light, and space in a room, but with motherhood often comes a desire and feeling of responsibility to create that atmosphere ourselves.
Thought #1: Motherhood catalyzes an interest in textiles, because we are suddenly responsible for creating a "home".
Natalie has a mind-boggling natural talent for interior arts, and is exceedingly humble here, but I found her later-in-life discovery of it refreshing and recognizable.
In my own experience, this sense of responsibility to create a home upon entering motherhood is emphasized by the importance of texture to children.
My children long for “coziness” in all its possible forms. I remember telling my husband in the early days that I had “cracked” the code of motherhood:
“It is simply about making them cozy – emotionally AND physically.”
Just this week my son grabbed the white blanket in the photo above, and exclaimed:
“This is the king of all blankets.”
Additionally, he asked for a silk pillowcase for his birthday after feeling mine. Maria Montessori knew this:“They learn through their hands. All one has to do is look and one can see young children reaching out to feel the grass, running their hands along wooden banisters, caressing a soft blanket, or enjoying other various textures around them.”
I, like many others, didn’t notice textiles until I become responsible for the comfort of others – others whose comfort is more tied to texture than I expected – but I revel in the knowledge that we can create welcoming, unique, and cheerful homes in small ways.
In conclusion, it is, after all, is the people contained in the home, not the textiles, that have the capacity to provide the most lasting comfort.