Palestine, dress, embroidery, fashion, ethnography, moesgaard museum, collections, colour, color, fashion

Threadened history: Palestinian dress

Threads in green, yellow, red, blue, pink, orange, all colours imaginable. Stitched into massive and connected patterns covering almost the entirety of the dark dress. Hands working over the fabric and the elegant embroidery thread for hours, days, years to make the dress more than […]

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mongolia, exhibition, Tsatang, reindeer, nomads, baby, saddle, exhibition, moesgaard museum, ethnography

Baby nomads: Mongolian child saddle

How do you transport your baby, when you are always on the move, and your mode of transport of a horse or a reindeer? Next week, the new big special exhibition ‘On the steppes of Genghis Khan – Mongolia’s nomads’ opens at Moesgaard Museum. The […]

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Switzerland, sandals, shoes, feet, ethnography, anthropology, tuxen, collections, shoe collection

Free the feet! Swiss wooden sandals

A major Danish newspaper recently released a dress code, warning their employees not to get overly casual in order to survive the unusually warm May, we’ve had. No shorts or tank tops, no dresses above the knee. To us, sun-unaccustomed Danes, who complain when it […]

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Pain and expression: Solomon Island tattoo kit

I find tattoos immensely fascinating. From the earliest definitive example of tattoos (Ötzi the 5.000 year old Iceman), to Julius Cesar’s accounts of the painted Gauls, and Ahmad ibn Fadlan’s descriptions of the Scandinavian Rus and their intricately decorated bodies. All right, these last two […]

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Greenland, figurine, grave goods, Denmark, Collections, ethnography, independence, repatriation, elections

Elections and independence: Greenlandic figurine

Last week, there was an election in Greenland. Though Greenland is an autonomous constituent country within Denmark, there was much talk up to the election about the stirring movement for Greenlandic independence, and about whether the political parties Nunatta Qitornai and Partii Naleraq, agitating for […]

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