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Egypt’s Wearable Heritage by Jolanda Bos

Egypt’s Wearable Heritage by Jolanda Bos

Jolanda Bos is an archaeologist who has been travelling to Egypt for over 25 years. From the 1990s onwards she has worked in different excavations in the Egyptian deserts. She brings her archaeologists eye to an accessable yet scholarly study of Egypts’ contemporary yet still traditional and artisanal culture. This beautifully glossy book with its abundance…

Hair adorned

Of Combs and Saints by Barbara Steinberg

Of Combs and Saints by Barbara Steinberg

It was a time before nations. Celtic tribes ruled Gaul until they were conquered by the Roman Empire (121 – 51 BC). In the early 5th Century, Roman Gaul was overwhelmed by the Visigoths, Burgundians, and Franks until 481, when Frankish King Childeric I defeated the Visigoths, and his son King Clovis I united all…

Contemporary

Stefania Lucchetta

Stefania Lucchetta

Stefania Lucchetta was born and lives in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza area), Italy. She holds degrees from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (1999, BA with honors in Literature and Art History) and Scuola Italiana Design of Padua (2004, Master degree in Industrial Design), besides some modules previously taken at the Venice College of Fine Arts….

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Isabel Dammermann

Isabel Dammermann

The effect materials can have fascinates me. There is beauty in the ambivalence of heaviness and lightness and the relationship between permanence and fragility. On this occasion, I require the materials to educe a special atmosphere, a sentiment. This happens through spontaneity and intuition. The urge for a harmonious balance culminates in the form of…

Comb from Tanimbar, Maluku Province of Indonesia – Truus Daalder

Comb from Tanimbar, Maluku Province of Indonesia – Truus Daalder

In my book Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment (Ethnic Art Press and Macmillan, 2009), I described and illustrated (p. 170) a very rare comb from Tanimbar, situated in the east of Indonesia, in the southern Moluccas (Maluku). I was unable to show there the only drawing of a person actually wearing the comb, which together with…

Foot binding in China

Foot binding in China

For 1000 years tiny curved feet were considered the ultimate level of beauty in China. During this period around 3 billion women bound their feet. The most likely origin of the practice is from the time of Emporor Liyu ( 937 – 975 AD). Entranced by the form of the feet of a favourite dancer…

Ivory

Ivory

  Ivory is a material which is historically used widely in adornment. Ivory is the tusk or tooth of an animal, including : the elephant, the walrus, the boar, the hippopotamus, the sperm whale, the narwhal and the crocodile. Ivory can be identified as it carries a distinct striation pattern called Schreger lines. The formation…

Review- The Pitt Rivers Museum- Oxford- UK

Review- The Pitt Rivers Museum- Oxford- UK

The collection of the General Pitt Rivers, a 19th century soldier and scholar is a wonderful sensory onslaught. His thirst to discover and to develop his understanding of human development oozes from a plethora of cabinets. The organizational system is an arrangement which tells us something of the quests and concepts which clearly delighted him….

Rudraksha Beads

Rudraksha Beads

  Rudraksha is a large evergreen tree from Asia. The seeds of the tree are used to Make Mala ( prayer beads) A Mala consists of 108 beads and is used for repetitive prayers. It is a common aid to worship in Hinduism. The Rudraksha Mala has been used by Hindus ( as well as…

The Chatelaine – A European Adornment. By Sarah Corbett

The Chatelaine – A European Adornment. By Sarah Corbett

A chatelaine is a decorative belt hook or clasp worn at the waist with a series of chains suspended from it. Each chain is mounted with a useful item. The earliest record of the use of chatelaines was by Roman women whose collection of useful items would include, ear scoops, tweezers and nail cleaners. One…

The Evans Tribal group, Yukagir peoples Siberia by Sarah Corbett

The Evans Tribal group, Yukagir peoples Siberia by Sarah Corbett

The Yukaghir live in East Siberia in the basin of the Kolyma river. In 2002 a census recorded a population of 1509 people. Traditionally there were 13 tribes within this population, However there are now just three surviving as extended family communities, whose main activities are deer hunting and fishing. One of these extended family…

Liz Hamman

Liz Hamman

Cheshire based mixed media artist Liz Hamman create’s fantastic handmade jewellery from reclaimed materials. Hamman’s jewellery has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Much of the paper used to create the jewellery comes from reclaimed or second hand books, maps among other paper materials. ‘Paper is an amazing material and can be manipulated in many ways….

Bead Work from Oceania

Bead Work from Oceania

  AN EXAMPLE OF BEAD WORK FROM OCEANIA (C. 1920). BY TRUUS DAALDER When my husband Joost and I had reached the cut-off point for including items in my book Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment (Ethnic Art Press and Macmillan, 2009: see link www.ethnicartpress.com.au), our collecting habits did not change, and they still have not. Our…

Capturing the characters of Morocco

Capturing the characters of Morocco

Leila Alaouis a French Moroccan Artist, her latest exhibition is a tribute to the rich ethnic and tribal identity of her native country. Her travels through the towns villages and cities of Morocco have been accompanied by her pop up photography studio, where she has created stunning portraits of those she has encountered in her…

A Mangbetu Ivory Hair Pin by Barbara Steinberg‏

A Mangbetu Ivory Hair Pin by Barbara Steinberg‏

On 10 December 2014, Sotheby’s Paris held an auction of African and Oceanic Art consisting of 105 exquisite lots. The inspirational connection between Modernism and African art was forged when European colonists brought back sculptures, masks, reliquary objects, furniture, and hair ornaments from the cultures they had enslaved, murdered, and misrepresented as primitive. Picasso continually…

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LOLLAND, DENMARK—A local man and his two sons have found a range of gold items on the Danish island of Lolland

LOLLAND, DENMARK—A local man and his two sons have found a range of gold items on the Danish island of Lolland, according to a report in The Local Denmark. Included in the find was a bracteate, or thin gold medallion dating to the Germanic Iron Age. Archaeologists at the Museum Lolland-Falster believe the amulet includes…

Undressed – A brief history of Underwear. V and A Museum

This exhibition explores the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal, with cut, fit, fabric and decoration revealing issues of gender, sex and morality. Exhibition details 

Crimean gold artefacts must go back to Ukraine, Dutch court rules

Kiev argued for return of treasures, which were on loan to Amsterdam museum when Russia seized the peninsula in 2014. A priceless collection of gold artefacts from Crimea that was on loan to a Dutch museum when Russia seized the peninsula must be returned to Ukraine and not Crimea, a Dutch court has ruled, in…

The Staffordshire Hoard

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND—Fragments of artifacts from the Staffordshire Hoard have been cleaned and are being fitted together in work funded by Historic England and public donations. The seventh-century Anglo-Saxon artifacts include a rare high-status helmet and a unique form of sword pommel that was in 26 pieces when it was uncovered. The pommel “combines multiple different…

Japanese mirrors

FUKUOKA PREFECTURE, JAPAN—A fragment of a mold used to cast bronze mirrors in 200 B.C. has been unearthed at the Sugu Takauta ruins in northern Kyushu. It had been thought that such tachukyo, or mirrors with knobs, had been imported from the Korean Peninsula at this time. The mold shows indentations to create knobs on…

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