Archives for the day of: 03/18/2012

W140xH140mm, India

Shisha (originated from the Persian word shisheh which means glass) is a form of embroidery that is very popular in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana and Delhi of India.  Shisha embroidery is believed to originate in Perisa in the 13th century and brought to India by Persianate Moghul Dynasty.  This form of embroidery can be found on garments, accessories and even for home furnishing product, the glass is usually paired with the colorful fabric used in the area.  This is a small bag with mirror shisha embroidery and tasseled with bronze discs.

CIR900mm, China

This is the standard 108 beads buddhist rosary, the rosary can be of different numbers of beads 21, 42, 14, 27, 54 with 1080 being the longest. The 108 beads is aimed to defeat the 108 earthly desires;

aggression
ambition
anger
arrogance
blasphemy
calculation
callousness
capriciousness
censoriousness
cruelty
cursing
deceit
derision
discord
egoism
envy
excessiveness
furtiveness
garrulousness
grudgingness
hard-heartedness
haughtiness
high-handedness
ignorance
imposture
impudence
inattentiveness
indifference
insatiability
intolerance
intransigence
lack of comprehension
manipulation
mercilessness
obsession
obstinacy
prejudice
quarrelsomeness
rage
ridicule
sarcasm
stinginess
stubbornness
unkindness
unruliness
unyielding
vanity
violent temper
wrath

(also see entry for buddhist rosary, buddhist prayer beads)