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Arhuaca mochila bags of Colombia

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

IMG_5388mochillaxx I first saw these handwoven bags in Medellín, Colombia, worn by a couple of delegates at the UN World Urban Forum. I noticed them because they looked unusually sturdy, finely woven from natural wool, and beautifully patterned. After I arrived in Bogotá I realized they are actually common here. They’re called Mochilas and are a traditional artisanal bag made by the Arhuaca people in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada de Maria mountain range. Traditionally they were made either from agave fibre, hemp or wild cotton, thought after the arrival of the Spanish they were also made from various wools. You can  also see synthetic fibres used (see top left in photo below) as well as disappointing mass-produced versions. Traditionally the patterns indicated families via their totemic animals, often very abstracted. “Starting in the 1960s, the arhuaca mochila left the geographical arhuaco, penetrated large Colombian cities (especially Santa Marta, Valledupar and Barranquilla), and is used primarily by young people today as a way to claim their indigenous culture. In 2006, the backpack was nominated as the Arhuaco cultural symbol of Colombia in the contest organized by the magazine Semana.” It now seems that the bag has more generally become a symbol of Colombia and have been adopted by a wide range of people dressed in varying degrees of casualness. More here. Mochila bags, Bogotá Mochilas arhuacas - via Wikipedia Photo above via Wikimedia Commons Arhuaca mochila bags of Colombia IMG_5420mochillax Mochila bag, Colombia The one above is particularly beautiful. Mochila bag, Colombia Mochila bag, Colombia Mochila bag, colombia Mochila bag, Colombia Mochila bag, Colombia Mochila bag, Colombia Mochila bag, Colombia Mochila bag, Colombia Mochila bag, Colombia This one is a bag in a different style and from jute: Mochila type bag, but of jute

mochila (& UN Habitat bag)

 

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Secos & Molhados – Sangue Latino

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

Secos & Molhados

Oh 1973, I am so happy to see you yet again. Last week it was Sensations Fix, and then yesterday someone posted Sangue Latino by Secos & Molhados. I hadn’t heard it in years. Brazil does glam folk rock. So very beautiful.

 Secos & Molhados - Sangue Latino

Gulabi gang

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

India gang of vigilante women punishing abusers

India’s Gulabi gang in beautiful pink. Gulabi means “rose” in rose.”

“The Gulabi gang is a group of women vigilantes active across North India. It is named after the pink saris worn by its members. The group was founded as a response to widespread domestic abuse and other violence against women. Gulabis visit abusive husbands and beat them with bamboo sticks. In 2008, they stormed an electricity office and forced officials to restore the power they had cut to extract bribes. The Gulabis have also stopped child marriages and protested dowry and female illiteracy.”

3D printing

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Above is the Eiffel Tower 3D-printed shoe by Continuum via Architizer. Below, 3D printed working models of Theo Jansen’s beachwalking strandbeests. I bought these for my nephews and am still trying to figure out how to assemble and attach the propellors. The main animal is printed in one piece, and yet its moving parts work perfectly. Watch Stephen Fry play with his here. Printed in New York by 3D printing house Shapeways. It’s interesting how many 3D printed objects have a sort of lattice structure, probably dictated by cost of material and laser use. And how many of the objects are miniatures.

Theo Jansen's strandbeest in miniature

Stephen Fry demonstrating it at 38:45:

Moustaches off, please

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

zookeeper in the zooniverse

Unless you’re Howard Moon, zookeeper in the zooniverse, please take the moustache off. Or grow a beard to match. Movember is over; it’s December now.

Unless you’d like women everywhere to grow body hair all over until January. Thank you. I am near tears over this.

Stainless steel, white, avocado, harvest gold, bellbottoms, Vietnam, Iraq

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

An article on fashions in appliance colours (stainless steel vs. white) on oveninfo.com (a kitchen appliance website) quickly leads to a flame war in its comment section.  Stainless steel is pitted against avocado and harvest gold, bellbottoms against video games and Vietnam vs. Iraq. When I was saying aesthetics are the thin end of the wedge of politics I wasn’t expecting the road to be quite this short.

stainless steel vs. white vs harvest gold and avocado oven