Craving for kisses and a fabric charm bracelet


petroglyph of a kissing couple

Philematology is the study of kissing. And the reasons why we kiss. The first known written reference of kissing is that found in the Bible’s Song of Songs: “Kiss me again and again, for your love is sweeter than wine.”

 The Romans had names for various kinds of kisses. Baseum (a kiss on the hand) , osculum (a kiss on the mouth with the lips closed) and saveum (a kiss of passion).

 There are different ways of kissing: Italians kiss by touching cheeks, cats kiss by blinking, Eskimos by rubbing noses.

 Basorexia is the overwhelming craving for a kiss.  But why do we kiss?  There are many theories.  Some anthropologists believe that it’s instinctual, others believe that it’s a product of kiss feeding, a means of feeding infants by first chewing their food then passing it into the baby’s mouth.

 Kissing is often a neurological experience.

Basorexia fabric charm bracelet

The name of this bracelet is “Basorexia”.  It’s made  from fabric scraps.  The base  was made by crocheting a shredded t-shirt whereas the “charms” were made by fabric scraps sewn together to create giant beads. The beads are embellished with stitching and paillettes/sequins made from soda cans.

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