Showing posts with label embroidery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label embroidery. Show all posts

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Back to our roots - Folk festival fashion

Fashion weeks are finished and we just witnessed that folk is still trending in many collections, especially our favourite Valentino. Here are some inspirational and editorial images we love put together with some pieces from our Gypset collection.

20s bohemian embroidery jacket
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Folk peasant kaftan and folk peasant skirt
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Valentino Couture 2015
Extra large traditional Russian shawl
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Folk look

Valentino 2015
Folk sheepskin vest
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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Eastern treasures. Part 2. Gypsies of Asia

Afghanistan, with its traces of the first human inhabitation found thirty millenniums ago, was the important passage for the human migration in the region on the historic pathway known as “Silk Road”. Throughout centuries the traditional and nomadic life style of the Afghani people has never changed. The main ethnic communities of Afghanistan are Pashtuns , Tajiks,  Hazara and Uzbeks. Kuchi tribes, from the Persian word koch meaning "migration", are Afghan Pashtun nomads. They mostly keep sheep and goats and the produce of the animals (meat, dairy products, hair and wool) is exchanged or sold in order to purchase grain, vegetables, fruit and other products of settled life. In this way an extensive network of exchange has developed along the main routes annually followed by the nomads.

Kuchi nomad tribe

The majority of Afghan clothing found abroad comes from neighbouring Pakistan.  Afghanistan has been at war almost constantly since 1979 and decades of devastation created the need for many to sell their personal jewellery and traditional clothing. UN sanctions in the early 21st century necessitated a lot of cross-border indirect trade. Items are shipped through the bazaars in Pakistan since there was formerly no direct trade with Afghanistan.

Bazaar in Pakistan

 Buying Afghan items may be very tricky. You might be lucky to get some antique silver, but much of the truly older Afghan jewellery is in the hands of private collectors now, although some dealers continue to offer vintage or antique items.
Most tribal clothing and jewellery on the market today is a mix of the old and the new. Displaced Afghanis make belts, for example, by using remnants of vintage embroidered fabric and lining them with new cotton and attaching reproduction pendants and old coins. Some belts are made entirely of reproduction pendants now, newly made copies of traditional nomad designs.
The traditional dress of Afghanistan was very tremendous and elegant; especially the traditional women attire is so unique for its beautiful embroidery, which is mostly handmade. Having a complex and ancient historical background the traditional dress of Afghanistan has also gone through many variations and fashions.

Traditional Afghan dress

The women usually wear a long dress, which is made with cotton fabric with a combination of various colours, however, for preparing the expensive dresses, rugs and carpets, silk was also an important raw material.

The long lasting cultural exchange between Greece, Persia and Turkey resulted in the introduction of Persian, Greek and Islamic symbolism to the designs in weaving, embroidery and woodcarvings. There was also a cultural exchange happening with India. Afghan traders, mercenaries and soldiers traveled there on a regular basis. With close attention, the influence of all these people can be seen in the artistic works created by Afghans today. The carpets woven by the Turkmen, the woodcarvings of the Nuristanis, and the embroidery of the Pushtun and Hazaara women are some examples.
The Scythians men were warriors and craftsmen. The women were weavers and embroider of extreme talent and artistry. They have created magnificent robes and dresses that were embellished with gold studs and silk embroidery. Quite often, these regal dresses were worn for their everyday use. Although, they changed when doing household chores such as building fire to bake breads and cook and wash clothes.
When we speak of traditional Afghan women’s dresses, most often the dress of the Pashtunes comes to mind. But the dresses created by Hazaara, Baluchi, Nuristani and Turkmen women are also of immense beauty and adorned with exquisite embroidery.

Traditional afghan dress

The art of embroidery is almost exclusive domain of the women throughout Afghanistan. Most girls begin learning it at an early age, usually at age five or six. Once they master the basic steps, typically when they are in their teens, the girls spend all their free time embroidering clothes and other textiles in preparation for their dowries.
Embroidery techniques are passed down from mother to daughter. Each dress created by the women can be viewed as a distinctive work of art in which their life stories are told by incorporating personal symbols and elements to the more traditional designs. With the exception of the Nuristani clothes, most women in Afghanistan choose colourful fabrics to make their clothes.

Heavily embroidered afghan kuchi top
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Clothes are usually stitched by hand. Much care and attention will be give to the men outfit for a neat finish. Women’s dresses are always long and loose with room to grow up, gain weight or get pregnant. Sometime a pleat around skirts and sleeves are sewed for a better fit and opened later needed for the fabric shrinkage or growing taller. Although Afghan women are skilful in embroidery and color coordination, they don’t use matching threads, or even one colour to finish a garment. With limited access in the villages, they have one or two colour threats at home for all their daily use. At times, they tear a piece of the same fabric to pull the threats, twine and sew with it.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Folk rules

Do you want to find yourself in a fairytail, become one of the heroes of One thousand and one nights?

This season gives you all opportunities. All you need, just to embrace it.. Folk and ethnic influences are everywhere, embroidery, beadings, applique run through collections of Rodarte, Etro, Valentino, Dolce and Gabbana, Ralph Lauren and many others. Feel the magical touch of folk with Le Lapin Blanc Ethnic Collections

Dolce and Gabbana 2014-2015
Vintage Bohemian Jacket (20s)


Detail of embroidery of the Vintage Bohemian Jacket

Dolce and Gabbana 2014-2015
Kuchi Afghan top
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Dolce and Gabbana 2014-2015