"You're so trendy Paquita!"
people from her village used to tell my grandmother when they saw her in one of the dresses that she had created from the first piece of material she came across.
Paquita was fascinated by fashion. The magazines that her uncle sent her from France were her greatest treasure. Browsing through their pages she dreamed of travelling to find beautiful materials, trinkets and golden buttons...
Then, with her head filled with these dreams, she fell madly in love with Antonio, the fabric salesman who visited the village haberdashery once a month. Antonio was handsome, incredibly handsome, and he knew it. He could have had any girl in the village, but he liked the girl who dressed in skirts made from material left over from tablecloths and sheets. One day he gave her a remnant of a flowery fabric and, on his next visit, he was delighted to see that Paquita had turned it into a scarf that she wore tied elegantly around her neck.