- Posted August 12, 2013 by
Kandy, Sri Lanka
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Life in the early 1980s: Style and politics
Life in the early 1980's
All my dresses were sewn by my mother, and I remember there were these bell bottom trousers with the brand name Myura which came and was the rage at that time in Sri Lanka. Remember worrying my parents to buy some of these beautiful coloured trousers for me, and I got my first pair being a navy blue trouser, the wider the bell bottom the better it was considered, and you would see all the guys and gals sweeping the roads with their wide bottomed trousers.
Materials especially the imported kind was rare at this time, I can't remember what govt we had at that time, but things were expensive and clothing items were rare to get, so when they came on in shops people would run to grab them.
My mother would sometimes cut an old pair of trousers and make it into a pinafore like in the red pinafore that you see me wearing. She was an expert in sewing and turned out created lovely styles which I loved, I loved everything that she sewed for me.
I think I was one of the first persons to wear a bell bottom in our village area and people used to stare at me. Now everything is different where everyone wears a trouser for comfort, and I am in the reverse now and prefer to wear a skirt and blouse, and only once in a way wear a trouser.
I loved wearing dresses the best with bows, and ribbons and gupiea lace.
Political times were hard during that time in Sri Lanka, and so were the things to get during that regime. But my Mum created magic with little bits of scraps of material.
I wish I could go back to those times again, drain pipes were also the in thing, and I had two or three of those trousers handed down from my wealthy cousins., which I wore for the house.