The Creative Spirit

I am endlessely impressed that some of the most beautiful and creative things come from the poorest areas of the world.  It is such a testament to the power of the human spirit and to the fact that being a creative person is largely a matter of thinking about the world in a certain way rather than environmental.  I have visited a few relatively poor island countries (just on vacation, I definitely am not making a claim that I understand their situations or lives), and was taken aback by how colorful and happy people’s lives seemed in spite of their obvious poverty.  I really think it is beacause they recognize that they have a choice to be happy or unhappy, and they just choose happiness.  I think it is a combination of necessity and innate creativity that breed such beautiful handmade crafts from such places in the world.  Anyhow, long rant…I stumbled across these beautiful handmade vintage blankets (frasadas) from Bolivia, one of the poorest countries in South America, availiable at Shop Twine.  They are so incredibly colorful and happy and, as the website points out, “each one is totally unique…snuggle up in one before they are gone forever.”

I think they would be just perfect on top of an otherwise all white bed!


4 thoughts on “The Creative Spirit

  1. Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog

    Those are beautiful!

    Isn’t it crazy how much more creative a person can be when they have to make the best of what they have? I’m always shocked at how boring homes of the wealthy tend to be… they’re able to buy without thinking and just end up with rooms straight out of catalogs!

  2. Mary-Grace Fontenot

    I really like this post:) It’s such a good reminder that you don’t have to have access to the best of the best to have (and create) beautiful surroundings.

    I want the pink, orange and tan one on the bottom of the pile in the top picture!

  3. Laura Harwood

    Bolivian Frasadas are THE best and most beautiful blankets in the world!!
    The intensity and combination of colors (think neutrals with sizzling spice shades) is stunning, the weaving is world class and they only improve with age….but they are very difficult to source,(esp if you live in the UK) and they arent cheap!!


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