Cities and Countries

NAZAR BONCUGU ‘TURKISH BLUE EYE BEAD’

9 Jul , 2015  

You will see this blue glass pieces everywhere in turkey.

 

Is a glass bead that protects the holder from evil eye. It is pretty common in turkey. Have a look around and you might discover countless Nazar Boncugu dangling from cars, from rear-view windows, backpacks, on necklaces and bracelets, pinned to the sweeter of babies and small children, and hanging above doors in restaurants, hotels, stores, and apartments.

 

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Fashion and Lifestyle

SAFARI JACKET

11 Jun , 2015  

The Safari Jacket, also known as “Bush Jacket” or “Sahara Jacket”, has a military origin. This jacket was incorporated to the uniform of the Italian army in Libya as the summer version of the original warrior jacket; it was also used during the cruel colonization in Ethiopia. After that, the English army included this jacket as part of their summer uniform during First World War.

 

Anglo African hunters also incorporated this jacket in safari hunting.

 

Since the 30s, the safari jacket has been fashionable and continuously reinterpreted by relevant designers and fashion firms as an elegant but trendy garment and ideal as casual clothing.

 

The original jacket is made of cotton and characterized by its pattern similar to a shirt, four big lid pockets, a belt and epaulette in the shoulders. And of course, sandy or khaki colour.  

 

This colour is classic in famous films performed in Africa, like Mogambo with Clark Gable or Out of Africa with Robert Redford.

 

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Arts,Decor and Architecture,Fashion and Lifestyle

SUZANI

29 May , 2015  

Suzani is a good example of the Silk Road over centuries. The oldest suzani record was provided by the Castilian ambassador in Tamerlane (15th Century). It is a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in Central Asian countries (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan…). The households in those regions have suzani pieces across rooms and turn them baroque.

 

There are several types of Suzani (Bukhara, Lakai, Samarkand…). They are normally made by stripes which are sewn forming a single Suzani piece of art. These stripes are shared among women of every family who are the ones in charge of knitting. This is part of bride’s dowry.

Suzanis usually have a cotton fabric base when embroidered in silk thread and a silken fabric base when embroidered in cotton thread. The most common motifs are part of Zoroastrianism iconography and include sun and moon disks, pomegranates and tulips.

 

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Decor and Architecture,Fashion and Lifestyle

TRIBAL DECORATION, THIS IS AFRICA!  

21 May , 2015  

Environments of today are inspired by the immense plains of the Savannah with its unique colours and patterns. The African look is full of emotion and power like nature in its pure state and therefore is strongly linked to nature. This look focuses on ethnical and primitive aspects, as well as on things mankind can create with their bare hands. Decoration items are warm, attractive, mysterious, cosy, relaxing… these details undoubtedly turn a house into a home.

 

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Travel philosophy

THERE IS NO THINKING WITH WIFI

4 May , 2015  

Air transport’s demands often require mobile phones to be turned off and therefore it is not possible to have internet access. I must confess that after cursing the universe for wasting a few minutes waiting that could have used to check the mail and carry out the usual emergency tasks, I end up thanking this situation because it forces me to face a naked and virgin time which I am usually no longer accustomed.

 

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Arts,Cities and Countries,Decor and Architecture,History of Africa

ISLAMIC MUSEUM OF AUSTRALIA

23 Apr , 2015  

Is a cultural and arts centre that challenges stereotypical views about islamic art, history, culture and beliefs. Also supportered by Republic of Turkey the museum catches the eye with its modern architecture.

 

Thanks to the app developed for the Islamic Museum of Australia, you can access comprehensive and up-to-date information about the galleries and exhibition in the museum.

 

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Arts,Decor and Architecture,Fashion and Lifestyle,History of Africa

CARPETS IN ANCIENT TIMES

16 Apr , 2015  

From the Neolithic people used to weave carpets (period in which the tissue was associated to the creation of the word). The most ancient carpet dates from 7200 BC, found in Palestine.

Since then textiles became coloured with plant extracts and insects (Armenian cochineal, indigo, pomegranate, pepper, saffron…)

 

Arab people were the ones who truly developed the textile industry during the middle Ages, (sometimes the Arab Muslim civilization is presented as a textile civilization).

 

First carpets were made with linen, an abundant plant in the Nile Delta. They were also made with hemp. Although cotton was known since ancient times, it was incorporated later in the production of carpets.

 

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Arts,History of Africa

OLD AND ANTIQUE

9 Apr , 2015  

In the western world, the concept of “old” implies certain values that turn antiques into exclusive artistic treasures. In Africa, however, this concept does not necessarily imply the same values; therefore when an antique is bought in Africa, in reality is an old and sometimes shabby item. This is the reason why The African Touch brings to this art gallery many beautiful and high quality traditional African pieces of art which are valued regarding its aesthetics, symbolism, meaning and history; not regarding its age.

 

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Arts,Books and music,Cities and Countries

SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL IN FEZ

4 Apr , 2015  

The World Sacred Music Festival in Fez was first held in 1994 by Mohammed Kabbaj and Faouzi Skali as a response to the first Gulf War in 1991.

 

This festival aims to show spirituality through music and, in general, the creation of a peaceful culture that fosters a diverse globalization and respects the ethical, spiritual and universal harmony values.

 

In 2001 the festival was awarded by the UN as one of the events that has most contributed to an understanding among civilizations and is listed among the 12 most important events for the promotion of peace.

 

This festival takes place every year in early June in one of the most important and monumental environments of the city of Fez in Morocco; and evenings are famous due to performances taken place by many artists coming from all corners of the world and different cultures.

 

The festival is managed by Fondation Esprit de Fès. In USA the organization Spirit of Fes Inc., organizes every two years a Festival program and Fès Forum in several American cities.

 

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