What's a Fichu?
January 31, 2007
Fichu, (fee-shoo) from the French, is a triangular cloth halfway
between a scarf and a shawl, worn over the shoulders, the ends crossed, or
tied together at the breast.
Fichus are dramatic; from Oliver's Nancy to Marion the Librarian,
fichus have always graced the shoulders of theatre's leading ladies. In art,
we know Edouard Manet's Portrait of a Lady in a Black Fichu.
Fichus make a natural partner for today's fashions, the bare
shoulders, and empire waists.
Laurie Cannon knows this. The Tenafly grandmother's website,
www.itsafichu.com, features a fichu for everyone, including your dolls.
Laurie didn't always knit for a living. But from childhood, it was her
hobby. She was a medical secretary until she was disabled in an accident,
and diagnosed with breast cancer. Then, Laurie's fingers began to fly. She
is a survivor, and her artistry thrives on her website, designed by her son.
The site features fancy fichus - and some lovely shrugs- made from raw
silk, ribbon, cotton, wool blends and linen. Some are dressier, others you'd
toss on to walk down the street. There are multi-colored, and solids. Prices
are reasonable, ranging from $30 to $75.
There are also hand knit sweaters, pants, and tiny knitted handbags
for dolls. They are pink, to symbolize the battle against breast cancer.
Laurie's Barbie wears a tiny ribbon as well.
If you are living with breast cancer, or know someone who is, Laurie
wants to give you - or that person - one of her full-sized pink fichus.
Contact her through the website.
So now, the fichu isn't just a scarf. It's like getting a hug from an
old friend, just when you need it most.
Call us today!