'Unusual pieces each with a story to tell take centre stage at this respected fair loved by collectors and interior designers. More than 50 exhibitors bring in their treasures collected from around the world - African textiles, Asian rugs, embroideries and striking jewellery from as far as Africa and Afghanistan.' 10.30am to 5pm at the Olympia Hilton Hotel. Hope to see you there, Cordelia x
A ring belonging to 18th Century Indian ruler, Tipu Sultan of Mysore, has been sold at an auction in London amid criticism from heritage groups.
I found this very interesting documentary on youtube which I would like to share with you all. It's very informative and you get to see a lot of people from many ethnic groups in traditional clothing and jewelry. Enjoy!
I keep on finding once in a while some Moroccan Berber pieces attributed as being Massa. I have found though very little about these but just a brief note in Saad Al-Jadir's Kunuz stating that the style is unique and departs from those in neighbouring areas. I have also heard that there may be some phoenician influence. Any ideas?
Here is an interesting article in Hali, a critique of the Richardson's book on the Karakalpak, which provides some valuable info about the people and their art. Not a whole lot on jewelry, but some great insight into and description of the embroidery and textiles. The author points out how important the history of a people is in developing their textiles -- what natural materials are present, what materials can be imported and from where, the timeline of foreign interest in the region…Continue