Jacket with Tattoo Embroideries (Material Memory)

Year: 1930s

Origin: Edinburgh, Scotland

Donated By: Heather Martin

Inherited from her Granny, who likely purchased it in 1930s  Edinburgh, Heather has made this jacket her own. She began by extending the sleeves with faux fur and after some unfortunate moth damage, sewing Navy-inspired ‘tattoo’ embroideries, to disguise holes and reflect her Dad’s WW2 Navy travels.  

Despite her father’s disinterest in tattoos, Heather sees the embroideries as symbols of his journeys; the turtle for crossing the Equator and the polar bear for reaching the Arctic Circle. She hopes her daughter will cherish it and give her the feeling of being wrapped in family history.

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