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The Calico Rail by de Boerin

By July 2021August 5th, 2021No Comments
The Calico Rail by de Boerin

A collection of timeless garments
for women who do

The Calico Rail by de Boerin

The Women
Behind It

Kleinood de Boerin by Vincent van Gogh

 

 

 

 

The volume, femininity and grace,
the ease with which she wears her ample skirt
and rolled up sleeves.

She is unapologetically voluptuous.
Her skirts are ample and her hands are firm and able.

de Boerin is not a fashionable concept of a woman,
nor do her clothes prescribe her movement or her shape.

Instead, the garments fulfil a purpose
and allow her to do what she needs to do
and be who she needs to be.

Annetjie Boom was a farmer, innkeeper and restaurateur in the Cape in 1665.
She was a capable and innovative businesswoman, highly respected and well-loved by the community of the Cape.
The Kleinood de Boerin was derived from her nickname, Annetjie ‘de Boerin’.

 

The Vincent van Gogh drawing from 1885, now our de Boerin, is not of a successful and enterprising woman.
She is an unassuming peasant woman working the land, alone against a stark and bleak landscape.
The image depicts her as a humble person quietly going about earning a living.
She is not down-trodden or pathetic, but grounded and authentic.
She is unapologetically voluptuous.
Her skirts are ample and her hands are firm and able.

 

These are hard-working and capable women.
Women who take responsibility for their own lives by living off the land.
They are the energy and ethos behind all the things de Boerin does.
They, too, are the reason why every de Boerin item is made individually and by hand.
By women who wish to make real things, for real people in real-time.

The Calico Rail by de Boerin
The Calico Rail by de Boerin

The shapes are timeless and forgiving – simple, free and unassuming.

The fabric is fresh, natural and honest.

The Calico Rail by de Boerin
The Calico Rail by de Boerin

 

Made by hand matters,
as does the honesty and mindfulness
of each pair of nimble hands.

Lest our hands forget the skill of darning socks
or sewing real patches on hand-me downs to wear again.

Lest we forget that clean and paid for,
is good enough.

–  The de Boerin Way

The Calico Rail by de Boerin
de Boerin The Calico Rail
The Calico Rail by de Boerin
The Calico Rail by de Boerin

The Makers

Each garment is made
by hand and with love
by the women of Stellenbosch Crafts Alive.

de Boerin The Calico Rail
The Calico Rail by de Boerin
The Calico Rail by de Boerin
The Calico Rail by de Boerin
The Calico Rail by de Boerin
The Calico Rail by de Boerin
The Calico Rail by de Boerin
The Calico Rail by de Boerin
de Boerin The Calico Rail
The Calico Rail by de Boerin

To garments that are made
to wear again and again,

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