Gossamer

Cheryl Marie Cordeiro, gauze shawl

White gauze shawl.
Photo © Jan-Erik Nilsson for CMC, 2009

I unwrapped the gift in the mail that had made it all the way from Singapore, purchased from Indonesia. A gossamer shawl, one I wondered how to put to good use when living in this part of the northern hemisphere. Too delicate for autumn and winters and too warm in the sometimes scorching summers of Sweden.

Swedish west coast in August

A beach by the Swedish west coast on a cloudless summer’s day.

But as some things go, the ocassion for its use presented itself nicely when we had a beach day by the Swedish west coast. The gossamer white of the shawl, which reminds me so much of a more delicate version of a cheesecloth that my mother once used to squeeze soya milk from grounded soya beans when I was young, made the perfect beachside pareo to the white one piece swimsuit.

The swimsuit is from Next in the UK, and the wooden crafted necklace, I purchased from a thirftstore in Sweden.

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