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  • Memento Mori   Silk Blouse
  • Memento Mori   Silk Blouse
  • Memento Mori   Silk Blouse
  • Memento Mori   Silk Blouse
  • Memento Mori   Silk Blouse

Memento Mori Silk Blouse

“Memento mori” said the Latin philosophers, remember that you will die…so that you may live well.
This theme, also called vanitas, was often used in Western Art throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and it flourishes again in our pattern, in the form of a bunch of grapes in the process of desiccating. First full and flush with life, then dried up and shriveled till only the fruitless branch is left, the pattern repeats, like the succession of years, and on each side of the desiccating grapes, minute lettering reminds us lest we forget: memento mori, memento mori! Live well, consider your choices, act upon them.
The shirt model is "Arizona" with a bandit collar, double shell buttons at the cuff, and gathers at the yoke and sleeves. 
The fabric is silk broadcloth -also known as popelin or Fuji silk- which has a lovely weight and drape, an airy warmth, and less shine than the usual habotai silk. It feels almost like cotton…only better!
Printed by hand using natural-dyes in Brooklyn, New York 
Cut and sewn in the Garment District, New York

Scroll down for an essay about the theme of memento mori in Western Art



We wash things too often nowadays! There is really no need to wash clothing all the time, a simple airing is often enough -especially for silk, which naturally fights off dust and mold. But when the time does comes to wash, here is how it can be done.

You can soak your naturally-dyed garments by hand, send them to the dry-cleaners, or they can go in the machine, but:

2. Wash COLD
3. Use a DELICATE cycle
4. Use a gentle Ph neutral soap
5. Hang Dry

Some fading is normal and can lead to greater beauty -don’t we love our faded jeans even more? Yes we do!

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Memento Mori in Western Art

by art historian Virginia Brilliant

"From the late Middle Ages, memento mori emblems could be found in works of nearly every medium, from paintings and sculptures to drawings and prints, and ranged from unambiguous depictions of skulls, decaying food and bodies, and shattered objects. Eat, drink, and be merry if you must, these objects suggest, because death is nigh".