By Arwa Lodhi
They say that some people love to wear bling, but nothing says ‘money!’ quite like, well, money.
Lucky Nelly designer Christine Rochlitz took her inspiration for her Money scarf collection from a form of design we often take for granted–that found on banknotes. Inspired by a friend’s collection of defunct currencies, Christine has created this capsule collection from peace silk, which doesn’t kill silkworms in order to source the fibre from their cocoons.
Intricate and complex, bank note design has varied through nations and eras, but is always interesting, as it reflects national cultures and values, as well as changing borders. For example, one of the designs Rochlitz used is an image of John Amos Comenius (1592-1670) as depicted on a 20 Korun Bank Note from the former Czechoslovakia, dating back to 1988. Not only does this remind us of the social contributions of Comenius, a revered educator, but it also serves as a reminder that national borders are a political construct.
Not only does this remind us of the social contributions of Comenius, a revered educator, but it also serves as a reminder that national borders are a political construct, and can change any time.
Rochlitz also used some designs from African currencies, which she says provoke a spirit of adventure and exoticism. We’d agree: in terms of inspiring a desire to travel and learn more about other countries, this capsule collection is right on the money.
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