Dec 21, 2009

What Does Furniture Say About A Culture?

What does the furniture of a country say about its culture? Throughout Nicaragua you’ll see beautifully hand carved rocking chairs and colorful hammocks.

The rocking chairs are symbolic of community spirit. In the evenings people pull them outside of their homes to sit, rock and watch the world go by instead of retreating behind a closed door once the sun goes down. Peering into the drawing rooms of what are deceivingly small from the outside colonial buildings it wasn’t unusual to see anywhere from 6-12 rocking chairs in a circle instead of facing a television.

With a tropical climate hammocks are ideal for laying low during the hottest part of the day. Nicaragua is well known for the quality of its handmade hammocks.

What does the furniture of your country say about its culture?


Lakshmi said...

I like the rocking chair..In india, you will find quite a few antique pieces made of teak or rosewood ...always wanted to own one :)

Nisha said...

Hammock picture is quite colorful with a perfect background.
I agree with Lakshmi, in India too we have carved furnitures made of good wood.

Chris said...

by looking at the rocking chair I can imagine old people in the street chatting among each other and staring at different creatures called tourists :-)

A Thousand Clapping Hands said...

Wishing you a very Happy Holiday season, Wendy!


Wendy said...

Lakshmi and Nisha, I love the antique pieces in India. Every time I'm there I want to ship some home. Don't have the space though.

Chris, There were many elders but people of all ages also. And they were very friendly to the strange creatures :^)

Catherine, Thank you and wishing you the best in 2010.