Thursday, July 30, 2015

Flop


The attic, as in Athens, was designed to dry things. In an experimental fusion of Athenian and Damascene practice, I’ve been drying laundry on the floor. Damascus housekeepers used to lay wet clothes flat on the flat roofs of their traditional multi-family haveli. Like a beloved sweater, any textile dried flat looks its best when put to use again. Flat drying lets fibers relax.

The current hot spell suggests the thermal realities of a middle Eastern summer, and I find that dropping wet laundry onto a tufted rug is the easiest drying drill I have tried in any season. Wet clothes come out of the spin cycle to be flapped straight, folded into four layers, and toted upstairs. By the time I gain the summit, it’s like walking into a sauna. Simply dealing a folded garment off the stack on one arm is enough to produce a good looking finished piece in, sometimes, minutes. I pick up the folded pieces and deal them to their home positions. That’s all there is to it.

See Tim Beddows’ book about Damascus for further details.

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