Ornament Magazine

VOL39.1 2016

Ornament is the leading magazine celebrating wearable art. Explore jewelry, fashion, beads; contemporary, ancient and ethnographic.

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jewelry. Ikats from Indonesia and the Central Asian 'Stans' adorn both men and women alike, and of course there is the gorgeous flowing beauty of Indian and women alike, and of course there is the gorgeous flowing beauty of Indian saris. The headgear? Out of this world. The International Folk Art Market is a reminder that despite our differences a common thread connects us all, that people are people wherever you go on Earth. It is a celebration of our unique cultures, of the creative ingenuity which gives rise to those varieties and eccentricities that make the human race such a magnificent tapestry. Step into a booth and you will see what I mean—take a moment to explore Bali mask carver Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan's haunting space. The walls are hung with fearsome visages of demons and celestials, skillfully shaped into sharp relief with a variety of tools. A hammer and sharpened rod of metal are used to tease the form out of its wooden residence. While each piece is excellent in its own right, the story behind an individual mask, and who or what it depicts, speaks to the depth of the culture from which it emerged. A Topeng Tua is used in performances to signify a minister or advisor, a character of powerful presence whose respected position is accentuated by a shock of white hair. Suryawan is both an accomplished mask carver, as well as a mask performer. The outreach from organizations like the International Folk Art Market have helped empower artist collectives from many countries, such as the Roots Project from South Sudan. This NGO was founded by Anyieth D'Awol in 2011, and gives Sudanese women an avenue whereby they can sell their crafts to a global market. In 2012, the organization was represented by Mary Padar Kuojok, who sold and gave demonstrations of the beaded chokers, necklaces and other wearable accessories traditionally worn by Sudanese tribeswomen. Now they are part of a burgeoning fashion movement that the MIKIO TOKI, Edo-style kite-maker from Japan. Photograph © Bob Smith. SABINA RAMIREZ, Guatemalan weaver. Photograph © Judith C. Haden. DAHYALAL ATMARAM KUDECHA, weaver from India. Photograph © Judith C. Haden. NOMVUSELELO MAVUNDLA, Zulu telephone-wire basketmaker. Photograph © Bob Smith. 25 ORNAMENT 39.1.2016

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