Jasmine J.

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The Story of the Weeping Camel

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2013 at 5:37 am

A little homage to the country whose capital I’ve visited more than any other country’s capital. Magical Mongolia! With colder and darker nights a la Ulaanbaatar starting to settle in, the beautiful Mongolian documentary, “The Story of the Weeping Camel”, will warm the cockle’s of anyone’s heart. Set in the country’s vast Gobi Desert, it stars a real family of Mongolian nomadic herders. A snow-white camel colt is born to the mother who abandons it, refusing to nurse it. When the nomads assemble a ritualized musical ceremony that will, they hope, reunite mother camel  with her baby, the powerful sense of community, becomes a force in the film. And it is this ritual that gives the film its title; if the reunion is successful, it is said, the mother camel will weep. It’s a simple and radiant piece of cinematography.

Watch it in full here: The Story of the Weeping Camel

weeping camel

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Japanese Boro textiles astonishing aesthetic and frugality

In Blog Love on November 6, 2013 at 4:20 am

Japanese boro

Just like Fine Little Day, I am fascinated with the recycled Japanese Boro textiles. Dating back to 1600s,  Boro textiles were made by impoverished Japanese from reused indigo-dyed cotton rags. With Boro technique, new uses for discarded materials are created by layering several pieces of cloth, attaching each together with sashiko stitching.  These patchwork textiles were mended and passed down from generation to generation, however, Boro remained largely unknown because of its embarrassing associations with poverty.

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