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European Size 38, China

The first record of slipper in China were found in the Nan Song Dynasty 1200 AD, not invention but in a travel log for a visit to India, a pair of shoes with open heel must be a novelty to the ambassador. It is recorded in detail that there are 2 types; one type is probably the ancestor of flip flop (the paduka), it has a leather sole and a tiny bone in the middle,  one would wear it with the tiny bone in between the toes.  The second type has a red leather strap that run around the sole of the slipper (who anyone know what is this other type that the traveller has seen/).

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W220xL300mm, China

The title of this wood block print is called “Buddha of the West Sky”, referring to Siddhattha Gotama of India.  The idea of the West Sky is complex, in the early days the sun is believed to be a godly object; raising from the east, watching us on the day and going away and setting on the west.  It is believed that while we sleeping the sun will be watching over in the west sky.  With Buddhism introduced to China from India, a country to the south west, India, the West Sky, is the place where the truth, the important scripts are.  Monks, notably Xuanzang (depicted in the novel the Monkey King), went to India to find enlightenment.  The West Sky symbolizes a cleansed soul and mind, a nirvana world.

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ASIAN FOLKCRAFT

SOIL x MOUNTAIN FOLKCRAFT

Come to see a collection of folkcraft from all over asia; China,  India, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar.

DIA65mm, India

The word “bangle” comes from the Hindu word “bangri”, meaning a cylindrical ornament which adorns the arm.  Bangle has the same symbolic meaning for Hindu as wedding ring has for the West.  Married Hindu girls would have bangles round both of their wrists.  On the wedding day, the bride will try to wear a many choodi (bangles) as possible as it is believe that the honeymoon will end when the last bangle breaks.  Maybe it is because the new bride is pampered and spared of the kitchen duty at the time when she is wearing the wedding choodi.  The bride is expected to wear the wedding choodi for a year, a blessing for her in the new home.  Choodi are made of different materials; gold, silver, glass, ferrous metal, conch shells and ivory.

This is a pair of Shakha, a special sacred choodi worn by Bengali brides (also by Assames Hindus, Bodos and Santhals).  These choodi are called shakha paula.  Shakha, a white choodi made of ivory or conch shell and paula, a red choodi made our of red coral.  On the wedding day the choodi would be dipped in turmeric water and put on the bride’s arm by 7 female (a symbol of goodness).  The bride would wear these shakha paula signifying that she is married and belong to her husband, the choodi would only be taken off at the unfortunate time when she becomes a widow.

Thank you for QuirkyMatter for inputting on the blog, please see her blog for more details regarding Shakhas and Hindu marriage.  Also thanks for Bengali Hindu for the correction and the additional information (please see comments), much appreciated!  :)

Now how can I miss out the opportunity to play a Bollywood clip.