Friday, September 29, 2006

The Manson Family Embroideries | Hippies In The Big House

It wasn't until Kenny mentioned her in a recent blog post that I've felt compelled to learn more about Squeaky Fromme. Little did I know the Manson family had created such lavish garments! Have a look at these vests created for Charlie by the girls. I've added in a few quotes I found at Squeaky's site.

I've always been a huge fan of these chunky embroideries that are so indicative of a really wonderful hippie spirit. But, when the face coming out of the otherwise cheerful cloud is that of Charlie Manson, it's just downright creepy.

This one, referred to as Mason's Ceremonial Vest, has locks of hair and long braids stitched on as fringe. Those girls really loved their Charlie.

"In this mind is the face of Charlie, but MANSON is the Mind. The Shaman, the seer, the visionary. He wears all crowns from thorns to precious gems and metals to cloth and beads, feathers, bone, sinew, fiber, and the dangling windwisps of whispered spirit and breath. He is the mind of all, of much unseen, unimagned or unrealized, of all we don't understand and all we fear."

"The horse is a thought carrying a symbol out of the mind, and is of itself a symbol of greatness. The symbol in its chest is known as the "Solar Swastika", signifying the four equinoxes and solstices and the turn of the year. Within the heavily breathing horse the solar symbol is to me the natural force of energy in quivering, pulsing flesh, unlike the power of machinery in iron and steel. The train is a great thing, but this power clothed in the weaker body of the horse is an even greater thing."


Anonymous Mr. C said...

I'm frightened and enchanted by this all at once.

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Anonymous Mr. C said...

Also, I'm really enjoying the way you title your entries. The use of the "|" is most excellent.

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Blogger JohnnieBoy said...

I've been looking all over for these - THANKS! Any links?

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