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A Dream Within A Dream

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“All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”
(Edgar Allan Poe – American author & poet, 1809-1849)

Cushion from the “Ethereal Dreams” line made with printed pictures by Laurent.
(Cushion style “Wrapped in an Orange Veil” – 100% Cotton – 45×45 – Collection RED HALO)

RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people living with difficulties and education to children.

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At the Door to Paradise

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“Did you imagine that there could be emotions in heaven?
Emotions are closely tied to ego games.
Check your emotions at the door to paradise.”

(“The Politics of Ecstasy” by Timothy Leary – American writer and psychologist, 1920-1996)

(Cushions style “Manali” in Cotton & Silk – 30×45 / 45×45 / 60×60 – col. Black / col. White – Collection RED HALO)

As usual Anand shows his body in order to catch the attention on the fight for Human Rights and human dignity in which we are involved.
RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people who were living with difficulties and education to children.
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Swirl and Swing

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“I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.”
(James A. Michener – U.S. novelist and short-story writer, 1907-1997)

Anand is posing with a throw and a cushion in linen with aari embroidery fom the Red Halo collection.
This was shot with natural light at the upper terrace of our office.
RED HALO is a collection of household linen based in Benaras (Varanasi – India) providing work to people who were living with difficulties and education to children.
(Cushion and throw style “Swirls” – 100% silk – Collection RED HALO)

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Suddenly, Next Summer

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This is the main picture of our new campaign for next summer.

I took it at the upper terrace which is on the top of our office in Varanasi (Benaras).
Anand who is our favourite model is holding a cushion in linen with an aari embroidery inspired by the Lodhi Gardens in Delhi matching with the throw in the background (RED HALO – Summer 2009).

Our collections allow us to use traditional artcrafts that we work with a contemporary eye.
It is also a real human adventure which gathers people from several cultures and religions with a significant respect of brotherhood.

The weight of cultural traditions, conventions and customs is still very important in the holy city and therefore no woman around me has accepted to pose in the frame of this work.

Anand is not a professional model, he is a majhi (Hindi word for boatman) on the Ganges, however season after season he became our favourite model for the catalogues.

It allows him to have a little fame among the few people who are working along the ghats.

It is also a way for me to shake an Indian statement which often gives a preference to light skin colour.

According Indian society, actors or models should have a light skin colour complexion which is called “fair” and anyone with a dark skin has very few possibilities in those industries.

Therefore the whole population is trying to get this skin shade believing that it will be easier to find an husband or a wife, a job and friends.

No one walks on the sunny side of the road,  girls wear long gloves and cover their face whenever they drive a bike, people use “White perfect” hoping to look lighter for a job interview or a party…

And the funny thing is that in France it is the opposite.

There people praise a dark skin which is a symbol of health and wealth, and they use self-tanners and go to “sun shops” in order to get some artificial tan all year long and for many an Indian dark skin is the most beautiful skin complexion.

When I show pictures of supermodels like Alek Wek, Indians can’t understand how she managed to work for labels such as Chanel…

In this quest for a perfect skin colour the only winner is that well-known French company which is selling to both countries either “White perfect” or self-tanners.

In addition this is a comment wrote by a friend under this image when I posted it on my Flickr page a few weeks ago:  

Muiz Anwar says:
“i really really think this series is fantastic – not only does it look beautiful – but it subverts that whole cultural taboo on how dark you are denoting how attractive you are and the caste system – luxurious, brightly coloured fabrics associated with those who are in the elite, opulent end of the societal specturm, made more beautiful with the contrast against a dark skinned native.

having read your comment though, I understand that it wasn’t as deep as this, but often images can be interpreted in different ways especially in regions where using a dark skinned model holds so much cultural weight.

Congratulations on a beautiful image, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! :D ”

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Sensorial Swirls

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I took this picture at the upper terrace which is on the top of our office in Varanasi (Benaras) for our new catalogue regarding summer 2009.

Anand who is our favourite model is holding a cushion in white linen with an embroidery made of flowers and swirls and matching with the throw in the background (RED HALO – Summer 2009).

 

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Refreshing Swirls

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“Refreshing Swirls”

Anand is holding a cushion in pure linen with aari embroideries matching to the throw in the background.
(Style “Swirls”, Col. Turquoise / RED HALO – Summer 09)

Turquoise is a slightly greenish shade of cyan.
The color is based on the gem turquoise and the name comes from the French word for Turkish.

In holistic medicine, this color has a calming effect on patients and is particularly used to treat patients prone to depression, panic attacks or mania.
The turquoise’ cheerful colour is said to endow reticent personalities with more confidence.
In the ancient Persian kingdom turquoises were often worn on the turban, and often surrounded with pearls, in order to protect their wearer against the ‘evil eye’.
As talismans, they adorned daggers, sabres and the bridles of horses.
The Aztecs in Mexico used to decorate their ceremonial masks with this stone which was holy according to their beliefs.
The Indians of North America believe that the sky-blue gemstone opens up a direct connection between the sky and the sea.
At all times and over the world, turquoises have been worn as natural protection against the powers of darkness.

A turquoise is often given as a gift, a stone of friendship, it is said to be responsible for faithfulness and constancy in relationships.
Its colour makes people feel happy and cheerful, for in it the light blue of the sky and the stimulating green of the sea are combined.

This picture was shot at the upper terrace of our office in Varanasi (Benaras) with natural light.

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Dreaming on a Cushion

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Dreaming on a Cushion

 

The cushion is a very ancient article of furniture; the inventories of the contents of palaces and great houses in the early Middle Ages constantly made mention of them. 
Cushions were then often of great size, covered with leather, and firm enough to serve as a seat, but the steady tendency of all furniture has been to grow smaller with time.

Cushions were used as seats at all events in Ancient latin Europe and in the Spanish court they were still regarded as a peculiarly honourable substitute for a chair. 
In France, the right to kneel upon a cushion in church behind the king was jealously guarded and strictly regulated. 
This type of cushion was called a carreau, or squaer. 
When seats were rude and hard, cushions may have been a necessity; they are now one of the minor luxuries of life.

This cushion in pure linen has a double flap and a handed embroidery inspired by a Mughal style design, it belongs to the RED HALO collection of Summer 2009 (“Akbar” style).