Forget exposed bra straps. The hot new look in women’s undergarments is, as Koniakow.com yells, “Sexy lace lingerie! Handicraft? MASTERPIECE !!!” And rightfully so. The crocheted lingerie is a scream, straight out of Poland. There, nestled in the hills, wizened grannies ply their hooks to transmute simple yarn into bra and panties, thongs, and g-string’s.
For centuries, the fine Polish lacework was only available to royalty, but now can be had at the click of a button.
The success of the crochet lingerie has proven far more popular for its makers than the traditional doilies and table clothes.
Helena Kamieniarz, head of the local Society for Folk Art, is displeased with the venture, “What is being done to our old traditions is a disgrace. The art of crochet is not intended for making such garments.”
Indeed, we don’t think this is exactly what Rob Walker had in mind in his July 2nd article in the New York Times Magazine about DIY craftmaking. Or maybe it was. After all, the gal in the lede makes giant tampon dolls.
“Grannies’ G-strings Go Global” [Ananova] (Thanks to Jpac!)