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Simeli designs bicycle ornaments: hand crocheted dress guards and matching keyrings.


‘Dress guard’ according to the Dikke van Dale (Dutch dictionary): oilcloth or plastic lining partially surrounding the rear wheel of a bicycle to prevent a jacket or skirt from coming into contact with the wheel.

 

There is no country in the world which pays so much attention to dress guards as The Netherlands does. Often there are  fewer bicycles in other countries anyway, but those bikes there are, mostly have no dress guards. In hot countries this is only logical. Nobody wears a long coat which needs protection and the women with their long skirts do not ride a bicycle. In this respect  the dress guard may be regarded as a unexpected symbol of women’s emancipation.

Photo by Wings of Wonders

Long live the dress guard !