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Imagine a child, standing impatiently on a chair while a grandmother measures their body: the length of their torso, the span of the shoulders, the length of their arms, the inner leg The numbers are written down and a paper pattern is made; a flat copy of their body. The skill in the making is in the pattern, in the cutting of the cloth, and in the fit. The grandmother selects the most durable, washable fabric for the best price; the child chooses the colour and pattern. Stitched together and tried on, the outfit is adjusted, and adjusted again. When finished, the child runs off to play and the garment moves with them. If the grandmother knows her craft well, the cloth follows the body it w



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