grandmother Mamushka's pantry wall hanging is the first one I remember clearly.
It was a white rectangular canvas embroidered in blue, with a rose in its
center rendered precisely in the illustrative style of my schoolbooks. Around
the rose snaked the warning, sewn in a fancy, old-fashioned script: "There
are no roses without thorns, there is no love without tears." Mamushka had
a wall hanging in her kitchen too, this one sewn in red. It said, "I want
the kind of husband who does not go to bars, a husband who eats his dinner
at home, and appreciates his family." Underneath the text was an image of
a young, slightly cross-eyed man, eating at a kitchen table, surrounded by
his family. The embroidered kitchen in which this embroidered man ate his
embroidered dinner had a miniature embroidered wall hanging of its own.
Excerpt from Andrea Dezsö: The Kitsch in the Kitchen, published in Print Magazine 2004 May, pages 2-7
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