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This is a gorgeous one… A feather in the shape of the map of Palestine now available at JoBedu – Reesheh for 21.25$
I love the dress, I love the photo of it reflecting the theme of the dress. Clouds remind me of freedom and shapness.
Now available at Mara Hoffman – the Kimono dress inspired by the clouds for 385$
Have you come across the brand Mochi yet?
I first came across Mochi designs maybe around 2 years ago when the designer Ayah Tabari launched or took Mochi viral. I remember being drawn to the details and embroidery of her designs. As I started to research the elements of uniqueness and beauty behind her collection; I noticed it is the designs simplicity of her silhouettes, and the focus on the beauty of the embroidery itself, that i admired..
Each line at Mochi is inspired from a different culture. The first three lines were inspired by Jaipur, Hungary and Thailand. As for her fourth collection, I decided to share on my blog since it is my favorite line of all: The Palestine Collection.
There is something exquisitely beautiful about creating work of Art from our very own culture. And this collection available at Mochi today, is what I call: a true work of Art.
The freedom to use what was once created by our ancestors, and to make it fit our everyday lifestyle is just phenomenal. The beauty of embroidery is magnificent. They are symbols, and colors that represent stories like I have explained further in my Golden threads of Bethlehem post. What is also very beautiful in the Mochi designs, is that they are all finely cut, simply made, with consistency to one clear message: Whoever you are, where-ever you are, we can all Enjoy the beauty of embroidery.
And what is better than a collection inspired by our culture? By our Palestine? What better than ancient art that have inspired many and is still inspiring many more to come? What is better than using our talent to send our messages of love through art across the world?
I look forward to explore and find more beautiful work of Art from our culture and your culture, that speaks a common language of existing beauty, made, to share with the whole wide world. Shop at Mochi.
As I stumbled upon Cecilie Copenhagen on instagram, I immediately fell in lover with her designs. I also then started wondering, if there is a message behind her collection? But I didn’t find any messages. The only message I concluded that the designer behind this collection just fell in love with the fabric, that to most of the Arabs is very political.
And since am an Arab, I must admit my attached relationship to this fabric, that we refer to as “kufiya الكوفة, shemagh شماغ, or Hattah حَطّة”. This fabric means so much more than just a scarf, it is a statement. To me, it is a remembrance of my love and belonging to a home that I am not allowed to refer to freely, as my home. It also gives me a sense of unity, to every and to each person that carries or wears this scarf around themselves. This fabric is a connection, it is the dream for unity, human nation equality, for eternal world-wide peace and love.
(Photos belong to Cecilie Copenhagen.)
To Arabs, this is a fabric used as a scarf for protection against sunburn, cold wind, dust and sand. It comes in different colors, but mainly black & white or red & white. To Palestinians, the black & white scarf grew to become a symbol, a national fabric, a political message worn to most protests and events. It is a statement of Palestinians rights to return home, Palestinians right to full human rights, and the recognition of Palestine, the land that has been occupied and terrorized since 1948.
(Photos are from google and are not related to Cecilie Copenhagen Collection.)
This fabric has been recently used by many designers, Arabs and non Arabs, who tried to create a trend, a fashionable statement in combination with its political symbol. But I must admit, that the designs of Cecilie Jorgensen who is behind Cecilie Copenhagen that claims to have nothing to do with politics and yet has everything to do with fashion; are just beautiful.
(Photos belong to Cecilie Copenhagen.)
I personally can’t wait to see what is next and I can’t wait to order from her website Cecilie Copenhagen or from Browns Fashion. You can read more on Cecilie Copenhagen from the following blog posts: Rich Girls, Rosy Cheeks, Sage and Clare, and Cover.
What a beautiful exhibition, if we can only have more of them. I feel thirsty to learn about my culture, to learn about the beautiful existing artists and talents in this region I live in. Golden Threads of Bethlehem is an exhibition held by Tiraz in Amman, Jordan, in the name of the vibrant, creative, artistic, cultural legacy and costume industry of Bethlehem, Palestine, during the period of 1880 to 1948.
These threads are threads of Bethlehem, with tales of Palestinian people, with hand work of embroidery by Palestinian woman, made with love and has been cherished and saved by Widad Kawar for long and now are exhibited to tell us that history will remain the story of our lives. As the Tiraz Centre Profile puts it, “Golden Threads is about more than remembering the past: it is an attempt to bring a tradition to life. It is a visual-historical reference point to what Bethlehem and Palestine once were and, one day, will become again.”
What I loved the most about the exhibition, is the colors, the fabric, the embroidery of each piece displayed. They are more than breathtaking, pieces of art, historic hand-made poetry. Each drawing is a symbol, each pattern is a story, every color has a tale, this is Palestinian haute couture, made by Palestinian women writing stories for woman to carry around.
“Before the 1967 occupation, any traveler to Bethlehem would first have been struck by the rainbow-colours of the women’s costumes. In Bethlehem, the typical costume was called “Malak” meaning “Royal, Angel, Queen” described as the “Queen of Dresses” in Palestine. The women of Bethlehem set the fashion trends for village women in the towns of Beit Jala, Beit Sahour, Ein Karem, Malha, Artes, Silwan. Lifta and among others who often wore the malak as their wedding dress. Their versions were often heavily embroidered.” (From the Golden Threads of Bethlehem Exhibition Booklet with minor edits.)
“One of the most famous weaving factories belonged to the Naser family. Ibrahim Naser established in 1892. The factory also produced green stripped “ikhdari” fabric and burgundy “jiljili” cloth. Wollen cloth “Abaya” for men were woven in stripes of natural colors off-white, brown, and black. The first velvet “Malak” costume to be introduced to the market in 1928 when Najib the son of Ibrahim sent a piece of the Malak fabric to Krefeld, Germany to have its striped design reproduced in velvet.” (From the Golden Threads of Bethlehem Exhibition Booklet with minor edits.)
The “Malak Dress” is a dress fit for a queen as Tiraz puts it in display and words. The malak dress is a masterpiece, it was custom to get married in this dress, and some women asked to be buried with it and therefore most of the dresses are lost. The main form of embroidery used is the “tahriry” or what is known as the “couching stitch”, and the thread used is usually silk or gold cord. The space between the stitch is usually filled with satin stitch in many colors of silk thread.
The head-piece is called “Shatweh” which is also called the woman’s crown in Bethlehem. Made with red or green felt and decorated with embroidery and coins. It was also only worn by married women. (The picture below is of Embroidered traditional bridal headdress from Beit Dajan with Ottoman coins called weqayeh) The mini jacket is called “Taksiri” which the women would wear over the malak dress. The dress is usually made using felt or velvet fabric and embroidered in silk thread or gold cord. Bethlehem Birthplace of Jesus, destroyed then rebuilt by the Romans, and subjected to the Arab, Ottoman, and British rule, the eternal town of Bethlehem has been a place of pilgrimage and importance for Christians, Muslims and Jews for many centuries. For Palestinians in particular, it is a homeland which recalls memories of a more peaceful and gentle time. Despite the fall of the Ottoman Empire and Balfour declaration in 1917, day-to-day life continued in Palestine much as it was before. Few then understood the chain of events that would result in the 1948 war and the forced exodus of over 700,000 Palestinians from their land, and the placement of the city under occupation. Today, and thanks to Widad Kawar, and to all her supporters and sponsors, what was her dream, and the dream of many Palestinians has now been turned into Tiraz. A new home for Widad Kawar’s collection of traditional Arab dresses. Widad started her collection out of passion to preserve a disappearing rich textile and embroidery heritage in her homeland Palestine, and extended it to Jordan and other Arab countries with pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. Today she has over 2000 costumes and weavings set aside at Tiraz Center not to mention the total number she has stored.
If you are anywhere in Jordan, or close by, and have the chance to visit exhibitions, then i recommend you take that chance to go and visit the open exhibition of “The Golden Threads of Bethlehem“. The exhibition will be running until March 28th 2015. When I went, there were also other beautiful items from local oriental designers like Khordda, Al Burgan Handcrafts, and Inamullumani.
Even during winter time, we all wake up to days were we feel sunny and flowery, when we feel very feminine and romantic. Days like these feel light and rosy, dressing up in pink blushes and pearl whites will just add more to our mood and feeling. Don’t hesitate to wear what you feel, don’t hesitate to go for spring colors during winter, and don’t hesitate to shine even if it was storming outside your window.
In this fashion post you will find my selection of what feels like rose petals, what feels soft, and feminine. Here are looks from designers like Chloe, Giambattista, Issa, Kaelen, Lela Rose, Maedham Kirchoff, Rebecca Taylor and many more. Photos belong to www.style.com