Month: September 2015

In Other Shoes – Faroese Rotiskogvar

  Bearing quite a resemblance to these cow skin shoes, this pair of Faroese footwear is a much brighter and colourful version! Wonder if the braided red thread has any special meaning? See what Tuxen wrote in his notes: “Rotiskogvar” from the Faroe Islands. Sewn for […]

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Tinderbox – Afghanistan

Would you have guessed what this is, if we hadn’t given it away in the title? Resembling a wallet more than an actual box, this 66-year old item was in fact used to kindle fires in mid-20th century Afghanistan. Appearing strikingly primitive with its iron plate, meant […]

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In Other Shoes – Mexican Sandals

“Mexican sandals. Given to me on February 22nd 1958 by professor F. Bonet, Mexico D.F. The Spanish-Mexican name for sandals is “huaranches”. The soles are made of leather and the rest are straps, braided in a particular way. On the left sandal there is an […]

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Coffee Pot – Syria

How do you take your coffee? Traveling the world of coffee, I bet you’ll find more different styles of brewing and serving than you could possibly have imagined. Customs vary tremendously from country to country, and are of course also influenced by personal preferences. Zooming […]

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In Other Shoes – Japanese Getas

To follow up on last week’s post on wooden Japanese clogs, we here bring you a slightly lighter model – also for men! Or, at least Tuxen seemed to think so: Wooden slippers from Japan – getas. Given to me on October 30th 1957 by Dr. Shinjo […]

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Headhunter Knife – The Philippines

Not actually having cut off someone’s head, this knife is the festive copy of ones that were meant for just that! In the 1970’s, anthropologist Renato Rosaldo did longterm fieldwork among the Ilongot headhunters of the Philippines, trying to understand the urge these people would occasionally feel to […]

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In Other Shoes – Japanese Wooden Clogs

Maybe they don’t look like much, but these shoes are actually only to be worn on special occasions. “Japanese Ki-gûtsû, wooden clogs. Given to me February 24th 1958 by Dr. Shinji Suzuki, Tokyo. Big black polished shoes with a flat bottom. Used by the Shintô-priests, […]

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Calabash – Nigeria

So, you know how we often expect men to do the hard physical labour and women the more delicate stuff. Well, when it comes to this calabash, those roles are turned around. Nigerian women use their calabashes to carry food and other goods on their […]

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