Here some impressions of Darmstadt’s Art Nouveau Mathildenhöhe, which was built between 1899 and 1914 as an artists’ colony. The ‘Hochzeitsturm’ (wedding tower) is part of the exhibition buildings, which were built in 1908. Zar Nikolaus II instructed the construction of the Russian Chapel, as he wanted to have a church when he and his family where visiting Darmstadt – the birthplace of his wife.
Here Tom Budding, owner, proprietor and merchant of J.Glinert on Wilton Way. A lovely shop supplying everyday objects for the home, stationary, books about Hackney’s History, Art books and magazines. Check out J.Glinerts website and wares here.
Here Taka who works at a great vintage stall on Spitalfields Market on Thursdays. Here you can find vintage french fishermen trousers, Vintage denim workwear jackets, linen smock dresses and much more special vintage garments which are lovingly restored. Everyday garments full of heritage, tradition, charisma and love.
Here Costume designer Anushka Tay from London, mixing it up with a japanese Kimono, French beret and quite London looking striped trousers. Have a look at Anushka’s blog here.
Firstly a big thank you to my friend Rachel King, who is currently in northern Thailand working with the Karen Women’s Organisation. She took these beautiful photos on the yearly KWO day celebrating their culture and heritage. The theme of this year was the traditional clothing of Karen women. They are gathering knowledge about all the various styles of clothes as there are many different groups within the Karen ethnic group and the styles of clothing change. They organised a competition on the day and each woman had to explain where her clothes were from and the meaning of the different colours, patterns, etc. even the seeds sown onto the cloth and the strings hanging from the cloth have meaning to the Karen.
The Karen people are one of Burma’s major ethnic groups, living mostly in the mountainous eastern border region and central delta area. For over 60 years the Karen people of Burma have been resisting political, economic and cultural suppression and human rights abuses by the Burmese military regime. Since the 1970s the Karen people have fled across Burma’s many borders to escape the persecution. The KWO is a community based organisation active in all seven Karen refugee camps along the Thai-Burma border and in Karen districts within Burma working for women’s equality, empowerment and freedom, whilst supporting the Karen community to maintain its culture and identity.
If you are interested to find out more, please have a look on their website here.