Today marks 7 months away from home, and the longest away from home I’ve ever been... ✈️ India, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, eSwatini, Mozambique, and Malawi. 🔜
Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt... the hustle continues 🤙🏼
Just sentimental Monday things... and also any chance to bring up Lord of the Rings ✨ #notallwhowanderarelost
Sarasvati Design Store @padmalegian
Fine art from Sumba.
The textiles of Sumba represents the means by which the present generation passes on its messages to future generations. The pieces are deeply personal, follow distinct systematic form but show the individuality of the weaver and the village from which they are produced. Internationally, Sumba's textiles are collected as examples of the highest quality textile design and are found in the major museums of the world as well as the homes of collectors. One hundred years ago the Dutch were already exporting textiles from the island of Sumba. Today great numbers are still produced by a relatively small number of women, mainly on the eastern coastal districts of the island. These cloths are made not only for export out of Sumba, but also for trade with people from the interior for ritual use, where by custom the process of ikat was forbidden.
Since textiles are the products of Sumba women, they are understood as the tangible representations of the female element of the bipartite universe. On Sumba this male-female complementarity is encapsulated in the notion of the Highest Being who is the Father Sun-Mother Moon and the Creator/Weaver of human life. The Sumbanese believe a person is able to acquire the special powers and qualities of certain creatures when textiles displaying such motifs are worn. Although different cloths are appropriate apparel for men and women, textiles are seen collectively as a female component of their cosmos. Cloth is a symbol of the woman's family, the wife givers, who are ritually superior on ceremonial occasions.
📸 by @kevinkalagita ..
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1.) Make your request formerly in Italian 🇮🇹.
2.) Serve your community 🚔 👮🏻Polizia!
The irresistible admiration for their simplicity, lack of knowledge, and their purity not yet spoiled by mundane affairs renews your perspective. 🙏🏼 🇮🇹 Exceptional parents, Montessori school 🏫 and upbringing in this beautiful 🇮🇹 culture is a powerful and enriching life 💯 %!