Nüshu script is an ancient form of simplified Chinese that illiterate women used to communicate with each other in the early nineteenth century in the Provence of Hunan. The literal translation of the word Nüshu is "Women's writing".
The intricate characters of this phonetic language were woven painstakingly into hand fans which were then beautifully decorated and sent from one house to another as a way of communication. This enabled secret messages to be passed at a time when women were incapacitated with bound feet and deprived of the freedom to move around independently.
Nüshu script and the secret language of hand fans is an example of the ingenuity that develops when people are repressed, and shows us how historically, textile design has been used as a means of communication.
A brief history
The Pareo consists of a square of beautifully decorated material usually made of fine cotton.
It’s is an invaluable item to include in your beach bag, and even if you're not a beach person it can be a wonderful multi purpose item to put in your suitcase when traveling.
Little information is documented on its origins but it's generally believed to have originated in Tahiti and Polynesia.
The word “Pareo” is a Tahitian word that translates as “wrap- around -skirt”. The Pareo was worn by women whilst men had their own traditional dress such as loin cloths.
The designs, which were originally hand printed, are inspired from nature, particularly flowers such as the Hibiscus with its exquisitely formed flowers and dazzling bright colours.
At last summer is here. Along with the exciting prospect of hot weather, sun shine, lazy strolls across sandy beaches and swimming in the clear turquoise sea comes the huge question of what swimwear to select?
If you still look good in a bikini at fifty plus, good for you , go for it.
Even so it's advisable to avoid thong bottoms as this is just about the most unflattering look on mature ladies. Thongs are a fantastic solution as underwear but don't look good on the beach.
Other ladies may find that a swim suit is more flattering. or prefer the "tankini ", a combination of a tank top and bikini bottom, a great solution for topless sunbathers with a matching top for stomach coverage when sitting or standing up.
The above images illustrate some fashionable beach wear coverage solutions .
If walking along the beach in your swimwear brings you out in a cold sweat, invest in a couple of beach cover-ups to slip on giving you that extra confidence boost.
Selecting the correct size:
When selecting the correct size of swimwear the same rules need to be applied as when selecting lingerie. Never be tempted to buy a smaller size, this will dig into your flesh and cause unsightly lumps and bumps.
When buying bikini bottoms and swimsuits choose a cut that flatters your shape.
Boxer style bottoms can be more flattering than skimpy briefs if you have a fuller figure.
Swimsuits that have a high cut leg will make your thighs look slimmer and longer.
Swim suits and tankini's are an excellent way of camouflaging cellulite on the tummy or caesarian scars.
Ladies with a more generous silhouette may feel more relaxed in swimsuits that have a short Lycra skirt built into them. These are extremely flattering , giving a youthful feel and avoiding too much flesh exposure.
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