cowrie, n. 1. thehighlypolished,usuallybrightlycoloredshellofamarinegastropodofthegenusCypraea,asthatof C.moneta(moneycowrie)usedasmoneyincertainpartsofAsiaandAfrica,orthatofC.tigris,usedforornament.
The most significant use of the cowrie is as currency among many cultures. For example, it was the first currency of ancient China. (Bonus: they can’t be counterfeited.)
In a number of cultures (though my quick research has been unable to pin down precisely which ones), the cowrie shell is a symbol of womanhood and fertility due to its resemblance to the vulva (i.e. cunt).
The resemblance isn’t perfect. I wonder if the cowrie played any part in generating the rather odd idea of vagina dentata.
The other day it was hot. I wear pants all the time so it has to be really hot before I remember that I even own skirts and that some of them are nice to wear in hot weather.
The skirt I chose to wear was one I’d made a few years ago, and while I like it and find it flattering, these days the just-below-the-knee length feels a little… stale. I’m more comfortable with my body than I was when I made it and now wearing it feels a little like hiding.
As I considered whether to raise the hem a little, I remembered that I had another iteration of the same style of skirt. Even though it was the most recent make, I liked it the least, and it was in the pile of clothes to get rid of. I could alter it without fear, since even if I mangled it I wasn’t really out anything but time. I dug it out and performed surgery, shortening it by 7 inches!
It’s now well into the realm of girliness. I feel like I might be channeling a Japanese schoolgirl in half of her sailor uniform. And as costume-y as that sounds, I think I’m going to get way more use out of it like this.
Funnily enough, this shirt spent some time in the pile of stuff to get rid of too.
So far all of my photos have been taken by me or, on rare occasions, by Wolf. But I’m currently planning my first nude shoot with a photographer. I’m hoping that will result in some images I can share here, but until then, more self-portraits are the order of the day.