Category Archives: Adornment of the body

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… Continue Reading

Whang Od – Last Batok artist of Kalinga.

Whang Od –  Last Batok artist of Kalinga.

In a small village called Buscalan in Kalinga, The Philippines A woman called Whang Od is possibly the last of her kind. At a sprightly 97 years of age she is keeping alive the traditions of her ancestors, the tradition is called “Batok” and is the art of tattooing. Tattooing has been practised in the… Continue Reading

Sadhvi

Sadhvi

Around 10% of Sadhus are women, they are called Sadhvis, most women become Sadhvi following the death of their husband, so young Sadhvi are rarely seen. A Sadhvi is a Hindu holy woman, she is dedicated to achieving Moska (liberation) through meditating and contemplating Brahman. Sadhbi in sanscrit means a woman who renounces material attatchments,… Continue Reading

Bindi

Bindi

  Traditionally worn in India a bindi is a decoration of the forehead, usually a red dot, although other colours and jewelled versions are also used. The bindi is mentioned in the earliest Sanskrit text. Traditional Application is with the finger tip using vermilion powder, however a circular stencil and sticky wax paste is often… Continue Reading

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.… Continue Reading

Henna History

Henna History

Henna (Lawsonia inermis, also known as hina, the henna tree, the mignonette tree, and the Egyptian privet) is a flowering plant and the sole species of the Lawsonia genus. The English name “henna” comes from the Arabic loosely pronounced as ħinna. The name henna also refers to the dye prepared from the plant and the art of temporary tattooing based on those dyes. Henna has been used since antiquity to dye skin, hair,… Continue Reading

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,… Continue Reading