White Verve Photo Shoot: the Wanderer
Added over 3 years ago
Kashgar teamed up some of our most impressive tribal jewellery with Sydney fashion label White Verve's spring/summer collection called The Wanderer. For those of you who don't live in Australia, White Verve was originally born from the fashion boutique Verve, located on Oxford Street, Paddington, Sydney. With four collections produced annually, their aim is to produce easy-to-wear yet memorable clothing that transitions easily from day to night and suits the Australian woman down to the ground. They also donate a percentage of sales from each collection to projects that assist women and girls around the world through their Free Her campaign. What's not to like?
Harissa Top teamed with our antique Tibetan noblewoman's belt ($3,800). High grade silver with turquoise and coral detail. Two massive hooks hold the belt front in place, while a silver chain goes behind the back over the shoulder and is held in place by a hooked medallion. Once these were used to hold a woman's striped and felted apron in place and were indicative of the highest social status. Today these belts are a thing of the past, the majority of them melted down for their silver content.
Saffron Top teamed up with a dramatic Hmong white metal tribal torc ($144). These beautiful and organic neck pieces are worn by Hmong women in solid silver and may weigh up to 6 kilos: the number of rings indicate their wealth and status within the tribal community and can be melted down for their silver value in times of need. As more and more tribal communities give up their traditions, so too the reason for wearing these cumbersome pieces of jewellery is passing - even the Hmong keep their money in banks these days.
Talisman Dress teamed with a stunning pair of vintage Afghani tribal earrings ($220) in high grade silver. The detail of the neckline is perfectly accentuated by the complex workmanship of the earrings.
Shield Dress set off by a pair of antique heirloom Naga ornaments: a spiral bronze arm band (A$1,800) and bronze neck torc (A$3,500). The Naga are a former headhunting people who occupy the mountains and plains between Burma and far east India. The torc belonged to a head taker - the number of heads depicted indicate the number of heads taken. Needless to say, this dude was particularly awesome.
Marrakesh Print Top with a Lisu tribal "tail" ($450). The Lisu people are one of the northern Thai/Burmese hilltribes. The tail shown here is typically worn by a young girl looking for a husband. She spends all her spare time sewing the individual cords and pom poms, each of which is set with hundreds of tiny stitches. The more pom poms on her tail, the longer she has spent working on it and the less time in her father's fields tending buffalo and rice crops, hence the wealthier he is and larger the dowry she will bring to the marriage. Once it was uncommon to see more than 50 strings per tail. Now tails of 200 pieces are the norm.
Harrissa Dress teamed up a Turkoman prayer plaque (A$450) on a contemporary silver torc (A$45) and Tibetan saddle rings (A$220 each). Prayer plaques are common to the Central Asian region, usually consisting of a medallion of carnelian (the stone of the prophet Muhammad) surrounded by heavily worked silver and engraved with a phrase from the Koran or other prayer. Tibetan saddle rings are traditionally shaped like horse saddles and were exchanged as wedding rings. These contemporary rings are crafted from sterling silver and set with turquoise and red coral stones, used to attract good luck and ward off the evil eye respectively.
Thats it for the moment! More pictures from this and other shoots to be published soon!
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