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13 December 2018

A PROPITIOUS YEAR

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By Camilla Swart

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Traditionally the last blog post of the year is one of thanks.  This one is absolutely no different, except that we, at Linen Drawer, have additional thanks to extend to our clients, agents, suppliers and employees.

22 November 2018

GIVING MEANING

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GIVING MEANING

By Camilla Swart

Christmas!  Do you feel an upwelling of joy and anticipation when you hear the word, or dread and anxiety about overspending?

Every year I used to suffer from Shoppingitus Xmasia a deadly creepy, unshakeable condition, which manifests as the fanatical search for the perfect gift for everyone on your gift list. Relief came from my wise and long-suffering husband, who pointed out that perfection was best not pursued in this area, adding that the most precious gift of all, was time.

03 September 2018

STOP AND SMELL THE FLOWERS

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Spring
By Camilla Swart

Spring starts in August. Call me an idiot, but from the start of August I notice a slight softening of the cold air, later sun-sets, birds returning, flowering bulbs like daffodils, freesias and hyacinths sprouting and starting to flower. The jasmine that festoons walls and fences also begin to show small buds, promising the wonderful scents that properly herald spring. August is the month of hope, of anticipation, before the surge of September and spring proper bursts into our senses.

30 July 2018

HEAR ME ROAR

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Celebrating Women
By Camilla Swart

“I am woman, hear me roar” is the first line of the song written by Helen Reddy in the 1970’s which became the anthem of the feminist movement. To me it speaks only of empowerment, and the lyrics are applicable whether you are male or female.

28 July 2017

Longer Nights & Shorter Days

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Winter used to be a time of hardship and suffering, characterised by starvation and death. Fortunately, that is no longer the case, and enjoying the winter months is a very real option for many of us.  With this in mind, may I make a few suggestions for filling the rather short winter days and long evenings?

07 June 2017

As Snug as a June Bug

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By Camilla Swart

June in South Africa is a month marked by Youth Day and Father’s Day.

Father’s Day is an opportunity for us to honour the dedication and love that our fathers have shown us.  Fatherhood does not necessarily have to be biological, and many of my friends have benefitted from having a wonderful ‘father’ in their lives.

Actually the month of June is named after the Roman goddess Juno.  She was a very important deity and was the patroness of marriage, partnerships, protector of the state and wise counsellor.

11 May 2017

Greenery - More than just a colour?

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By Camilla Swart

Decorating with green. The month of May is usually not one we South Africans associate with the colour green.  In the Western Cape it is autumn, and often cloudy with rain and wind. Inland the first frosty mornings, with leaves turning shades of reds and browns, announce that winter is on its way.

 

 

17 April 2017

Hold my Heart Forever

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By Camilla Swart

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short time, but their hearts forever” – Unknown

The quote above encompasses what being a mother is all about.  The month of May is named after Maia, the Greek goddess of fertility, nuturing and growth. In the Christian tradition the month of May is named after the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ.

During the month of May we honour our mothers and are reminded of what motherhood means. Click here to see how we can help you find that perfect gift for the special mother in your life.

28 February 2017

Linen - What you need now

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By Camilla Swart

Pure linen is the ultimate fabric of choice when matching the need for both comfort and style. It is the oldest fabric used by man, having being produced by civilizations far older than the ancient Egyptians. Its strength has literally stood the test of time – linen fabric was used by the Egyptians to wrap around their mummies before placing them in the tombs. During excavations, the fabric has been found intact in tombs dating back centuries B.C.

26 November 2016

Our Grateful Lives

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By Camilla Swart

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 August 2016

Join the Movement!

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SOHPA unique secret society was founded in 1999: A society who focussed entirely on Happiness and being Happy and the acknowledgement of Happiness.

The success of the first Month of Happiness created by the movement, led to the nomination of August as the MONTH OF HAPPINESS - Make Happiness Happen Month. Learn more about them on their website (http://www.sohp.com).

18 June 2016

Who's your Daddy?

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It’s Fathers Day on Sunday 19 June.

Time to celebrate the "fathers" in our lives.

Want to know more about this day and why it’s so special?

Want to know how you can bless the father in your life?  

 

                                                                                                                                                  

16 November 2015

Festive offering from Linen Drawer . . .

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It is almost Christmas and many of us are still scrambling around trying to choose the perfect gift for a friend or relative.

What do they want? What do they need? What can we buy them?

 

 

26 February 2015

History of Cotton

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Part 2

In Iran (Persia), the history of cotton dates back to the Achaemenid era (5th century BC); however,
there are few sources about the planting of cotton in pre-Islamic Iran.
The planting of cotton was common in Merv, Ray and Pars of Iran. In the poems of Persian poets,
especially Ferdowsi's Shahname, there are references to cotton ("panbe" in Persian).
Marco Polo (13th century) refers to the major products of Persia, including cotton.
John Chardin, a French traveler of 17th century, who had visited the Safavid Persia,
has approved the vast cotton farms of Persia.
During the Han dynasty, cotton was grown by non Chinese peoples in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan.
In Peru, cultivation of the indigenous cotton species Gossypium barbadense was the backbone of the development of coastal cultures,
such as the Norte Chico, Moche and Nazca. Cotton was grown upriver,
made into nets and traded with fishing villages along the coast for large supplies of fish.
The Spanish who came to Mexico and Peru in the early 16th century found the people growing cotton and wearing clothing made of it.
During the late medieval period, cotton became known as an imported fiber in northern Europe,
without any knowledge of how it was derived, other than that it was a plant.
Because Herodotus had written in his Histories, Book III, 106, that in India trees grew in the wild producing wool,
it was assumed that the plant was a tree, rather than a shrub. This aspect is retained in the name for cotton in several Germanic languages,
such as German Baumwolle, which translates as "tree wool" (Baum means "tree"; Wolle means "wool"). Noting its similarities to wool,
people in the region could only imagine that cotton must be produced by plant-borne sheep. John Mandeville, writing in 1350, stated as fact the now-preposterous belief:
"There grew there [India] a wonderful tree which bore tiny lambs on the endes of its branches. These branches were so pliable that they bent down to allow the lambs to feed when they are hungrie."
(See Vegetable Lamb of Tartary.) By the end of the 16th century, cotton was cultivated throughout the warmer regions in Asia and the Americas.

India's cotton-processing sector gradually declined during British expansion in India and the establishment of colonial rule during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
This was largely due to aggressive colonialist mercantile policies of the British East India Company, which made cotton processing and manufacturing workshops in India uncompetitive.
Indian markets were increasingly forced to supply only raw cotton and were forced, by British-imposed law, to purchase manufactured textiles from Britain.

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