Work of art and product of imagination, hope and
excitement, most important of all it is a labor
of love... the trousseau!
Trousseaus of old were virtual gardens of paradise,
juxtapositions of thousands of colors, designs and
flowers in which fruit, flowers, butterflies, birds
and bees, and all the colors of the rainbow were
immortalized. Passionate admirers of nature and
its creative power and mystery, the women of Anatolia
seem to vie with nature in their handicrafts. Their
most exquisite embroidery and crocheting can be
observed in the ‘trousseau display’.
THE GIRL’S IN THE CRADLE,
THE TROUSSEAU’S IN THE CHEST
In the traditional life of olden times, the hope
chest was started with the birth of a girl and continued
right up to her wedding day. Hence the expression,
‘the girl is in the cradle, the trousseau
is in the chest’. The first thing to go into
the chest was a pair of bloomers, that the girl
might be properly decked out.