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TUAREG craft

20 November 2016
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What is exactly Touareg craft? Artisans came with several treasures created by their hands, to show to us their universe and boost our inspiration. Among these wonders, a lot were jewelry boxes made of wood and leather, jewels made of bronze, copper, aluminum, leather, wood, jewels and… even more jewels! I’m really delighted to present to you, some portraits of persons who accepted to proudly take the pose!…

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Discover ! Peru

discover THE PERUVIAN HAT

23 October 2016
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We can’t talk about Peru without talking about the traditional style of the Peruvian folks. Astonishing embroideries, amazing patterns, bright colours…everywhere in the streets, the countryside, for any occasions. But the ultimate star of the Andean Peruvian outfit is the hat. Its first purpose is to protect from the sun in the heights, but now has become essential even at night, women, men and children can’t do without.…

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Discover ! Guatemala

discover GUATEMALAN WOMEN’S HAIR

11 September 2016
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One thing I learned from this trip : every look deserves its own hairstyle. I was particularly amazed at how well Guatemalan women wore their different hairstyles. It’s probably also because I leave my own hair to grow all over the place at its free will. Anyway, as a result, I found myself taking pictures of all the wonderful hairdos I came across, every plait, ponytail, hairpin or hat inspired me to take a picture. Hats off especially to the basket…

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Discover ! Guatemala

discover SECRETS OF MAYAN GARMENTS

3 September 2016
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This article took some time to finish, I was quite surprised to find that very few Mayans today know what the symbols on their clothes mean. When I asked about the symbols, people would often answer quite simply that they were ancestral inheritance or something their parents had given them. I had to dig deeper and ask around a bit more to find out what all these symbols actually meant. Here is what I finally could find out, thanks to…

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Discover ! Guatemala

discover THE ART OF GUATEMALAN CLOTHES

2 September 2016
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How I wish I could show you every single one of them! In Guatemala, whether it’s a regular weekday or a market Sunday, whether we are up in the mountains or at home, dressing up is an art. I travelled through villages that portrayed rural poverty like no other and yet, the villagers were all dressed up like princes and princesses. Everywhere we went, we came across sumptuous embroidery and weaving, sometimes decorated with beads and lurex threads that shone…

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Discover ! Guatemala

discover THE FLOWERS OF GUATEMALA

1 September 2016
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Flowers are very important in the Guatemalan culture. We find them on the edges of the lakes where where Mayans held traditional rituals and in cemeteries and churches. There are tons of them in the markets where people carry them around in their arms or on top of their heads in huge bundles. They are drawn onto the walls and hedges in the streets and are woven or embroidered onto traditional costumes for women. I wish I could let you…

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Discover ! Guatemala

meet GUATEMALAN BEAUTY QUEENS

29 August 2016
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During several days in Xela, the city in which I stayed for several weeks while I was in Guatemala, beauty queens were an inherent part of the cityscape. One day there were mini queens, the next day they were middle-sized and then the highest rank would invade the streets. They walked around in groups of hundreds, all wearing either tulles, taffetas, laces or velvet, not to mention the huge crown lined with strass and the embroidered scarf. Real life princesses…

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Discover ! Guatemala

discover THE CORONATION OF “REYNA INDIGENA”

28 August 2016
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That day, with some of my colleagues, we had heard of a huge event in Xela : the coronation of the “indigenous” queen. In Guatemala, there are a lot of beauty contests, but they are mainly divided into two categories : the Indigenous Misses, who wear traditional costumes of their cities and the Modern Misses, in their meringue dresses and glittering crowns. That day, at the municipal city theatre, it was a young local girl from Xela who was going…

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Australia Discover !

discover ABORIGINAL PAINTING

17 August 2016
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It was during my research on aboriginal art that I decided to visit Australia. I was instantly amazed by its force and modernity. And it’s all the more interesting that artists have been handing it down to each other for over 40 000 years. Not only is an aboriginal painting graphically pleasing to the eye, it is also full of meaning. A lot of them are inspired by the “DreamTime”. It’s a notion rather difficult to understand, but highly intriguing.…

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discover THE MANINGRIDA ART GALLERY

10 August 2016
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Maningrida is in Arnhem Land, a northern region of Australia known for the quality of local paintings. Maningrida itself is known for its painters, whose works are shown at the Quai Branly museum in Paris. So to visit the Maningrida art gallery is like visit the essence of aboriginal painting. I was lucky enough to get a guided tour by Kevin, the gallery manager. He made me discover the treasures in each of the rooms, here are some of the…

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