HRH Sighting: Kate wearing Lolita Earings made by a Balinese family

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I’m starting a series called HRH Sightings, HRH being the Duchess of Cambridge aka Kate Middleton. She’s recently spotted wearing a pair of Mirabelle’s Lolita Earrings (see picture above). Mirabelle said that this piece, part of their Mythology Collection, was handcrafted by a family in Bali (who is probably dumbstruck that something made by their hands is being worn by the future Queen of England).

[This is probably the first time the Duchess wears an item known to be made in Indonesia and it’s to her credit that it’s an artisanal rather than a luxury designer piece].

I love it when royalty, international trade and fashion create a story. In the olden days, this would be a remarkable story of Cleopatra wearing an Indian silk sheath, presented to her by Mark Anthony who obtained the cloth from Silk Road merchants, with theĀ  process of harvesting, weaving, transporting and tailoring the fabric probably taking over a few years. It is an everyday fact now, but once in a while a story makes it remarkable again.

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