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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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Silver Beads of Morocco. By Sarah Corbett

Silver Beads of Morocco. By Sarah Corbett

An Article by Sarah Corbett Many of the exquisite ensembles of North African jewellery include handmade silver beads. The Jewish silversmiths of Southern Morocco were famed for their exceptional workmanship. The Jewish Berber population lived in Morocco from around the 1st century AD when the Jewish peoples expanded from ancient territories in Modern day Libya…

Desmond Chan – Designer

Desmond Chan – Designer

I enjoy making jewellery; in 2013 when I couldn’t find a special Christmas present for my wife I decided to use my 3D modeling skill to build a star shape pendant and used 3D print technology to make it in sterling silver. That was my first jewellery design and she enjoys wearing it. My concept is…

What is America to me? By Carving Cat

What is America to me? By Carving Cat

Nine thousand years removed From the scenes my ancestors loved, Blue-foam beach, abalone shell What is America to me? For the early part of my life, “race” defined quite a lot of the boundaries of my world. When you grew up poor AND brown, for some people in the United States (US), it was a…

The untruths we learned from the art of the Victorian Celtic Revival.

The untruths we learned from the art of the Victorian Celtic Revival.

The Celts were a branch of the Indo -Europeans. Proto Celtic people from the Balkans came to Central Europe in 2500 BC The earliest major Celtic settlement was in Hallstatt, Austria. The name Celt is derived from the Greek word Keltoi, meaning Barbarian. Those referred to by this name were not of one culture, but…

Facial Tattooing of Berber Women – by Sarah Corbett

Facial Tattooing of Berber Women – by Sarah Corbett

Tattoos in a tribal context are as much a communicator as they are a means of Adornment. They can be understood in the capacity of an expression of self, a sign of religious belonging, or relieve symptoms of spiritual or physical ills. In all cases Tattoos serve as a means of portraying ones identity. Within…

Tattoos image gallery D – M

Tattoos image gallery D – M

Part two of the Tattoos Around the World series. Tattoos from D – M Tattoos in a tribal context are as much a communicator as they are a means of Adornment. They can be understood in the capacity of an expression of self, a sign of religious belonging, or relieve symptoms of spiritual or physical…

Scarification in Africa.

Scarification in Africa.

Scarification is a permanent form of adornment which has been practised throughout history. Evidence from Saharan rock paintings suggest it’s use in 8000 – 5000 BC. By cutting the skin and manipulating the healing process or by branding, intricate designs can be created. Scarification in an indigenous context is mostly practised in Africa and Australia….

Traditional clothing of Mongolia. By Sarah Corbett

Traditional clothing of Mongolia. By Sarah Corbett

  Mongolian Traditional Clothing The ‘deel’ is an item of Mongolian traditional clothing. A unisex item, which is still worn outside the major towns and cities. The ‘deel’ is not unique to Mongolia, and may also be seen worn by nomadic tribes of Central Asia. The garment is generally calf length and is fastened by…

The Himba – Namibia. By Sarah Corbett

The Himba – Namibia. By Sarah Corbett

  The Himba of Northern Namibia are and ancient tribe. These visually stunning people survive by herding cattle and goats. Their lifestyle has changed little since the 16th century, and they continue to dwell in small settlements, enduring droughts and surviving conflicts. Their existence is perpetuated through tribal structures in on of Earth’s most inhospitable…

Guedra by Sarah Corbett

Guedra by Sarah Corbett

The word Guedra represents several aspects of a form of dance which is particular to Southern Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria. The primary meaning is cooking pot, when this pot is covered with a stretched leather skin to create a drum, the drum is also known as Guedra. When the drummer plays a beat representing a…

Dawn Wilson-Enoch – Designer

Dawn Wilson-Enoch – Designer

The desert has always called me.I’m a lover of desert places, a creator of talismans, a bridger of worlds, a desert dweller. I live on desert light. My home and studio, shared with my husband and two cats, is in Northern New Mexico. I work with the textures, shapes, and colors of desert places, making…

Ohaguru – dental adornment. By Sarah Corbett

Ohaguru – dental adornment. By Sarah Corbett

The Ancient Japanese custom of blackening the teeth. It was popular in Japan until the Merji era (1868 – 1912) Early traces of the custom have been identified in burials from the Kofun period (250AD- 538AD).   The process involved coating the teeth with a solution which was prepared by dissolving iron filings in vinegar,…

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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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