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Traditional Narrative Art - Balinese Temple Paintings

Friday, June 30, 2017

The island of Bali is in Indonesia. While it can be described as an island paradise featuring extraordinary natural vistas and scenes of great beauty on both a grand and intimate scale, it is also home to one of the most complex and engaging cultures in the world. While the rest of Indonesia is Islamic, Bali is Hindu. However, Hinduism as practiced on Bali is endemic to the island alone. It is a mixture of traditional Hinduism as it is found in India, Buddhism, ancient animistic beliefs and magical practices prevalent among the Balinese themselves. Religion on Bali is filled with Hindu and Buddhist gods and demi-gods, culture heroes, mythological creatures, demons and personages from great epic poems, countless ancestral spirits, and local deities. All these are woven together into a complex system pervading every aspect of Balinese life....

Adapting to Modern Design - Repurposing Kuba Cloth

Friday, June 23, 2017

This blog illustrates how long textiles woven by the Kuba people can be re-purposed as tapestries for use in modern interiors....

Painting upon the Floor – Chinese Baotou Rugs

Friday, November 04, 2016

What comes to mind when you think of traditional Chinese art? Is it porcelain, calligraphy, scholar's rocks or jade carvings? A category of artwork all too often overlooked is Chinese rugs. Surprisingly, there has been little historical documentation of wool weaving traditions in China. Despite the international trade that flourished for centuries, rugs and carpets were rarely exported. Though frequently lumped into the broader category of 'oriental rugs,' textiles woven in China were created mainly for internal consumption....

Wrapped in Love – Chinese Minority Baby Carriers

Friday, May 27, 2016

Young Miao girls began learning embroidery around the age of eight or nine and one of the first and most important items they made were baby carriers for their future children. Great thought went into the design and even more effort into its creation....

A Flying Legacy – Asafo Warrior Flags

Monday, October 05, 2015

Among the Fante people of Ghana, West Africa, traditional warrior groups called Asafo have existed for centuries, their customs heavily influenced by contact with European militaries. Most prominent among their traditions are colorful flags, called Frankaa, boldly displaying their unit numbers and symbolic images of Fante proverbs. ...

The Look of Love – Pichvai from Nathdwara and the Deccan Plateau

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pichvais are a high form of Indian devotional paintings in honor of Krishna, the Hindu god of love. Beginning in the 15th century, a new sect of worship called Pushti Marg spread through India, preaching total devotion, love and surrender to the gods, especially Krishna, in order to attain his grace and enlightenment. The creation of these bright, joyful paintings were considered a sacred act of devotion and were hung behind statues of deities to set the spirit of a season or festival. There is nothing austere about pichvais; it is all about love, joy and celebration....

Now Trending: Blue and White – The Use of Indigo in Contemporary Interiors

Friday, July 31, 2015

Throughout history, indigo was, until quite recently, the only quality blue dye available in the world. Its production, however, was no easy feat and blue dyed textiles were highly valued in many cultures. Before white and blue was ever a modern interior design trend, this color combination was held in the highest regard as holding prestige, status, and of course, beauty....

Beauty Re-envisioned – Repurposed Kuba Cloth

Friday, June 06, 2014

Kuba cloth are traditional woven textiles made by the people of the Kuba Kingdom in Central Africa. However, sometimes reaching over twenty feet in length these textiles are hard to present. We approached this challenge by re-purposing them into upholstery for contemporary furniture and unique geometric wall hangings that maintain, even enhance, their original beauty...

Whispers of a Woven Language – Kente Cloth

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Kente is a traditional Ghanaian cloth worn during important ceremonies and festivals. Its colorful shapes and patterns form a unique visual language deeply rooted in the Ashanti culture...

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