On Hand-Made Shoes

Peter Mayle, Peter Mayle, the author of A Year in Provence, has written of an experiment in fine living, wherein, at his publisher’s expense, he discovered that hand-made shoes really were a very different experience to off-the-shelf. It may thus be your feet that appreciate the luxury rather than your snobbish brain. And yet it is by no means certain that the same applies when people buy knick-knacks that are advertised as “hand-crafted”, not least because this generally means “machine-made and sold in a tourist trap”. When the knick-knacks are purchased as souvenirs abroad, there may be a wish to connect in some way with the people of that country; but even this borders on that other great motivation for buying “hand-made” things – namely the feeling of having a servant whose labour is devoted to you alone.

Posted on April 16, 2012 at 10:05 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: THE ENSLAVING MAMMAL, "Who Is This 'We', White Man?"

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