by Lubov Arkhipova
found in Kolomna,in 1995



SOCKS

dimensions: 25x10x1 cm
weight: 0.08 kg
— I'm forced to try and make ends meet with regards to our family budget. We've been taught that since childhood. In the environment we grew up in, one of constant need, we were always forced to patch clothes up, to make them last longer. We darn socks to make them last longer. If you darn them you can wear them a bit more, which means that you don't have to go out and immediately buy the next pair (...) It's not only socks that get darned. We patch clothes up and treat everything with care, because this extends their lives, and in turn helps the family budget (...) When you darn some personal item, such as socks or some shirt or t-shirt, then you experience a feeling of warmth and love towards the person who owns it. I try to do it well, so that it looks smart, and in doing so, I get a lot of satisfaction from it myself, all the time hoping that my work will be liked and appreciated. Of course, if it was possible just to get rid of old clothes and buy new ones in their place, nobody would object I'm sure. But, as these materials are hard to come by, we're forced to patch stuff up.

Lubov Arkhipova
from Kolomna
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