The end draws nigh

rainbow.jpgSunday, July 16, is the last day for the exhibition of traditional Oaxacan textiles at MexicArte Museum. Entrance is just five dollars, four for students. In addition to the rare opportunity to view so many very beautiful hand-spun, hand-woven, and hand-embroidered articles of dress up close, there are working looms to be seen, as well as films, photographs, and prints showing garments like these being worn. Especially illuminating were photographs by Hugo Brehme and by Luis Marquez lent by Austinite Susan Toomey Frost. While on this excursion this morning, I photographed this window full of art (the “Peace Building” that houses the offices of La Pena; third window in from the Avenue). As I walked toward the Capitol, I saw several people carrying laden shopping bags from Keepers haberdashery, where a big sale began on July 1. Most of the linen sport jackets are gone. There are still some handsome ‘Forties-ish print silk shirts. For those who love Robert Talbott neckties, there’s a fine selection of summery colors remaining, and at very good prices for these. Nothing in this store is cheap. All items are obviously carefully chosen. Most fall on the European not sack-suit American side of the line when it comes to cut. Colors are more bright than drab. The most covetable item that I did not buy was a pure linen Dos Carolinas pin-tucked guayabera shirt in a beautiful shade of orange that has passed cantaloupe and is headed toward sunset. Nearly everything appears to be on sale, nothing looks shopworn, and there are still many beautiful summer items left for that special person or occasion. This sale can’t last forever at the rate things are going.

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