yadawara:

袈裟 — Kesa

After a really long absence, I want to talk about one of Kyōto’s many traditional handicraft businesses: the maker of stoles for Buddhist monks, so-called “kesa”. The cloth, which you can also see on the pictures, is woven on hand-looms, also making use of golden threads. The prices for a kesa vary broadly, but there are kesa in the upper price range reaching into the millions (of yen).

When weaving, the cards with the holes in it tell the hand-loom mechanically which threads to raise so that the correct pattern will be produced on the final cloth. 

quoteskine:

Do What You Love™®© is lazy and unhelpful “advice”

quoteskine:

Do What You Love™®© is lazy and unhelpful “advice”

design-is-fine:

Hans Holbein the Younger, four designs for round pendants with arabesque ornaments, 1532-43. Pen and black ink. Drawing from the Jewellery book. Size: 42x42 mm. Via British Museum

allthingseurope:

Andalusia, Spain (by luca baldassarri)

allthingseurope:

Andalusia, Spain (by luca baldassarri)

allthingseurope:

Amsterdam Morning (by merbert2012)

allthingseurope:

Amsterdam Morning (by merbert2012)

ayforpaypa:

Unicorn - ayforpaypa

ayforpaypa:

Unicorn - ayforpaypa

ayforpaypa:

Stripey Tiger - ayforpaypa

ayforpaypa:

Stripey Tiger - ayforpaypa

virtual-artifacts:

A rare shibayama inlaid ‘mille-fleurs’ tsuba (sword guard) of mokko form, each side decorated in the Shibayama style on a silver ground with a dense bouquet of mixed flowers including chrysanthemum, peony, hydrangea and sakura, all skillfully inlaid in stained mother-of-pearl, with elegant cloisonné enamel butterflies among peonies around the seppadai, mokkogata silver mounted mimi
 Japan, meiji period

virtual-artifacts:

A rare shibayama inlaid ‘mille-fleurs’ tsuba (sword guard) of mokko form, each side decorated in the Shibayama style on a silver ground with a dense bouquet of mixed flowers including chrysanthemum, peony, hydrangea and sakura, all skillfully inlaid in stained mother-of-pearl, with elegant cloisonné enamel butterflies among peonies around the seppadai, mokkogata silver mounted mimi

 Japan, meiji period

sosuperawesome:

Mermaid high waisted bikinis by AliciaZenobia in Louisiana, US

allthingseurope:

The Alhambra, Spain (by Vlad Bezden)

allthingseurope:

The Alhambra, Spain (by Vlad Bezden)

allthingseurope:

Kiev Pechersk Lavra, Ukraine (by Vlad Bezden)

allthingseurope:

Kiev Pechersk Lavra, Ukraine (by Vlad Bezden)

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia by night

"When the night comes, the starry sky reflects on its surface like in a mirror, and you have the feeling of being in space."

allthingseurope:

Castle Vajdahunyad, Budapest (by PhotoScenics)

allthingseurope:

Castle Vajdahunyad, Budapest (by PhotoScenics)