Handed Down Houndstooth Jumper (Material Memory)

Year: 1980s

Origin: Paris

Donated By: Lida Hujić

This jumper was handed down to Lida by her cousin from Paris. During the 1980s, the bat sleeve jumper was all the rage. From Paris, Lida moved to Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia. She resurrected the jumper in 1990 for a photo shoot while working as a local radio and TV personality there.


As it fell out of fashion, she handed it to her mother, who passed it on to a neighbour, where it somehow survived the tragic war which unfolded in former Yugoslavia. Being reunited with the jumper after this period was a moment of joy for Lida, after not being able to return home for five years. For Lida, this piece was no longer just a jumper, but a symbol of peace and a connection to the good times which the war had destroyed.


During the war years, many clothes were burnt on fires to keep warm, as there was no heating. This piece was spared and is still ingreat condition, Lida has worn it again and continues to share it with
family members who also have a love of fashion.

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