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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Rorschach tie

Sometimes a tie design is so stylized that it's difficult to tell exactly what it is. A complicating factor is the shape of a tie, which can present only a narrow slice of what might be a much larger picture. So what's on this tie? It looks to me like an Alpine village, with a ski lift going up the blue mountains covered with green trees. I would go so far as to say it's a single-chair ski lift, like the ones at Vermont's Mad River Glen, which were commemorated with a special beer from the Magic Hat Brewing Company (which has the best website of any brewery, if you ask me). You may see something entirely different, of course; if you do that means you're totally nuts, but that's cool. The tie, by the way, is by "Nouvelle Troupe". The fabric label says it's made in Italy of 100% silk, but I know better: there's no mistaking the coarse weave and slippery texture of pure polyester.

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