How Elegant, How Lethal

LONDON — “Everything about scissors is double-edged,” said the curator Teresa Collenette, whose personal collection is at the heart of “The Secret Life of Scissors,” a new exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London. “They are both creative and destructive.”

Double-edged, too, in their association with life and death: The stork-shaped pair from your grandmother’s sewing basket pays tribute to the role scissors played in childbirth. The midwife, passing the time with embroidery while she waited for a baby, would snip threads with blades that would later clamp the umbilical cord.

In Ms. Collenette’s collection are 18th-century stork scissors that open to reveal a baby in a nutshell. The stork itself stands on a turtle: a symbol of fertility. At the other end of the human journey came Atropos, one of the Three Fates of Greek mythology, who cut the thread of life with her shears.

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