Look What the Cat Dragged In!



groupshot.jpgSanta Fe in October is amazing: the air is clear and dry, the sky is blue and cloudless. This October I was back with my friend and co-worker Pam and visiting a friend Sue who recently moved from Scituate and Santa Fe. Sue and Pam are thrift and consignment shop gurus. Pam has a vintage shop on Etsy call Magpies Fancy Shop and Sue is an artist who makes all kinds or things. Her current obsession is her whimsical clothing creations and also manages The Beat Goes On (a consignment shop). They can find something, anything, and anywhere. So now that Sue is in Santa Fe full time, she knows all the hot spots to dig, search and buy from. For two days we visited over a dozen spots, some good, some great, some expensive, some cheap and some plain awful!!

Why am I in a Cage?

The shops had great names The Beat Goes On, Double Take, Art.i.fact, many names I forget, and or course Salvation Army and Goodwill. My favorite name was Look What The Cat Dragged In (helps supports the Santa Fe Humane Society), which is the name of this blog and why I am in a Cage. Sue and Pam found many treasures, myself nada. I did however get into the large cat cage and pet the cats while they were shopping, one more thing off my "bucket List". 

On the last day before heading to the airport, we stopped in a few more shops. Sue and Pam were on a roll. I forget the name of the last stop but I finally found my treasures, a group of Tuareg Dagabat containers in amazing condition. I bought them all of course. Pictured here with a description.

Thanks to Sue and Pam for teaching me their thrift, flea market, consignment ways in Santa Fe.

Tuareg Parchment Box - Dagabat

One of the elaborate examples of Tuareg leatherwork is the shaped parchment box decorated with wax resist designs. These boxes are made only Agadez, Niger families who are masters of the art. The men make the boxes and the women dye them with designs. A molded clay form is covered with two pieces of camel or cow skin which has been treated until it is parchment thin. The lid skin overlaps the bottom piece, and the whole box is bound with palm fiber and allowed to dry. The boxes are decorated by applying wax threads in geometric designs. A red sorghum dye is then ladled over the boxes. The dye penetrates the leather except where it is covered in wax. After the box has dried, the wax is scraped off, leaving light designs on a red orange brown background. The boxes are used to hold perfume, cosmetics, silver, jewelry or tobacco.