Mr. W and I believe in the beauty of slowness. Maybe it’s the time of our life – I’m not sure – but we rarely rush anything. Our favorite family saying is “why do today what you can put off until tomorrow”. And trust me – we embrace that philosophy!
For years we’ve been slow travelers. One of our most favorite holiday was in Italy where we rented a villa for 2 weeks and just slowly explored a small area of Umbria. Some days we’d go to other villages to explore; other days we’d just go to the local village and have a 2-3 hour lunch; a few days, we just sat on our veranda and did absolutely nothing.
We also enjoy slow food. We’ve occasionally gone to official ‘slow food’ events – long table lunches with friends (or strangers) that last for hours – but our personal slow food movement entails sitting down at the table and having leisurely meals. Dinners at our home – even when it’s just the two of us – are rarely rushed. Most evenings we start with a glass of wine (depending upon the weather it might be in front of the fire or it might be outside in the ‘beer’ garden), we cook together and then we sit down and eat – slowly.
Imagine my surprise and delight when I heard about a ‘slow cloth’ movement! It’s apparently not cutting edge news because as I’ve done some digging into it – there doesn’t seem to be a lot of activity in the formal sense (at least not on the original slow cloth blog). However, in discovering some new blogs – I find so many people that are embracing the joy and beauty in the creating rather than in the producing.
Here’s the blog of a woman who created a manifesto to describe slow cloth. Her manifesto includes joy, contemplation, skill, diversity, teaching, materials, quality, beauty, community and expression. Please take a moment to go read it. The author doesn’t appear to be blogging lately but she does have a facebook page.
And here are just a few blogs I’ve run across of people who – although they don’t really say they are part of the slow cloth ‘movement’ – their work is certainly indicative of the slow cloth manifesto.
Anyway…..something to explore if you’re interested.
These are a few pix of my newly started cloth.