Tea Time fashion in the 1920’s
From this rare collection of endearing prints depicting ladies tea time fashions, it demonstrates a strong popularity of this necessary event throughout France during the 1920’s. Nearly every year is represented from this unusual find. Especially interesting are the many different teapot shapes throughout this time. To focus on this I have zoomed in on the images to give a enlarged view. It looks like some could be coffee pots, it quite difficult to tell. Most dominant is the easy to identify attractive Art Deco angled teapots.
Morning noon and night was probably the French times for taking tea, although now tea is served at any time. At home it was served outside in a country garden, on the patio, beside a beautiful view, or set in a comfy room for visitors. Organizing a tea time gathering was firstly easy to do.. Secondly, it was an opportunity to dress in the most impressive latest 1920 styles. Not forgetting a hair re-vamp or, a new hat!. Thirdly, creating a charming ambiance of tranquility with every sip of delicious refreshing flavours and aromas. Perhaps tea varieties were more limited then contrasting from our huge range of unusual mixes in shops today. Spices, herbs, flowers and fruits are a delight to our senses!
Beside the lake.
These fashion prints were prominently shown on the front covers of the journal Petit Echo de la Mode. Mainly by an Illustrator known as Jenny. The centre pages gave some beautiful embroidery designs for tea time mats for the table. Time consuming to make, but the end result was very decorative. Hand sewing was an art to impress house guests. Flowers, fruit, and even butterflies were sewn with many coloured satin threads.
Like the pot but not the fox!
Teapot cosies to keep in the warmth for longer are today an important part of the ceremony of taking tea. Antique ones may be hard to find, but today stunning hand knitted ones by: Yvette Thompson, are a must have trend revival. Try her many different designs to suit your individual style. Her web contact is: folksy.com/shops/biskettblue
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Long History Traditions:
In a time of crisis, reach for a sweet cup of strong tea.
The best traditional way to make a good cup of tea like mother’s say, is quote “Tea leaves made in a warmed teapot are perfect”. Teabags are good as well, and take less time directly made into a mug or cup. For a quick way it tastes better if infused in a teapot allowing the tea to mingle, however, don’t let the tea remain on the leaves too long as it tends to gain a stewed taste.
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