Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dances With The Earth@Suhani Pittie- S/S '13

And  I  saw  that  the  sacred  hoop  of  my  people  was  one  of  many  hoops  that  made  one  circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the centre grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all children of one mother and one father. And I saw that it was holy. Black Elk, Ogalala Sioux

Far  beyond  the  hectic  concrete  jungle  of  modern  life,  there  exists  a  parallel  reality,  an undiscovered  world  where  people  still  see  and  feel  things  in  their  purest  and  innocent  forms. They are fierce hunters and warriors who inhabit a world that is green and abundant. They are gentle  believers  of  the  Spirits  that  recognize  all  of  nature,  as  one.  Their  lives  are  far  removed from our own today, yet they are where we all began. Theirs is a way of experiencing the world that is perhaps as old as human consciousness itself.

Whether  it  is  the  Dongrias  of  Orissa,  the  Aborigines  of  Australia  or  the  Navajos  in America,  all forest  dwellers  are  privy  to  an  insight  that  is  intimate  and  profound.  They  see  human  beings as  only  one  component  in  a  system  of  complex  inter-relationships  between  plants,  animals and  physical  forces  .  All  life  as  it  is  known  to  them,  human,  animal,  bird  or  fish,  is  part  of  an unchanging interconnected system, one vast network of relationships. The Earth is perceived as the Mother of all and is inseparable from their own bodies.

They  live  in  uncodified  but  more  personal  societies.  Relationships  are  the  foundation  of  their culture.  Loneliness  is  not  a  problem  in  their  world,  whether  they  are  with  kin  or  alone  with
nature.  Neither  is  identity.  Nor  is  moral  confusion.  Or  boredom.  They  remind  us  that  our  way is  not  the  only  way.  Inspite  of  the  incredible  hardships  and  danger  they  face  everyday,  their spirit  is  rich  with  an  ancient  wisdom  we  have  forgotten.  Their  story  is  written  in  song. 

Their dance is a soul enriching rhythm that honors the circle of life. And, in the unified circle that they form,  they  venerate  their  most  intimate  connection.  Within  themselves,  each  other  and  their Universe.

References: Sacha Dean Biyan, Jared Diamond

Collection Note
Most primitive cultures practiced some form of Paganism. These include folk religions that use animistic,  pantheistic  or  transformational  rituals.  Jewelry  was  connected  with  spirituality  and typically revolved around the concept that souls or spirits exist in humans, as well as in animals, plants or inanimate objects. Ornaments became a celebration or an offering to a Spirit in nature that they considered a deity.

Copper , one of the earliest metals used by humans takes predominance in the collection. It is found in its purest forms in nature, a reason perhaps why it was discovered early and was used for  its  aesthetic  quality  to  create  ornaments  and  artefacts.    Suhani  employs  this  metal  as  her base, to connect and reclaim its original relevance.

The  ‘circle’  of  connection  forms  a  key  shape  in  the  collection  –  whether  it  appears  in  a  calm, clean spiral bangle or a fierce ‘spoke’ neckpiece .Coloured cord ‘coils’ bind the concept that all of nature is one.The  intertwined  trellised  vines,  flora  and  fauna  in  the  forest  inspired  motifs  emphasize  the forest dwellers’ belief that all life is intricately linked.
Primeval   art   drawings,   earthen   dwellings,   the   sun   and   moon   patterns   manifest   as   a representation  of  their  ancient  understanding  that  the  Earth,  nature  and  they  themselves  are part of a vast network of relationships.Acrylic  is  infused  as  an  almost  ‘aloof  and  distant’  element  to  signify  an  opposing  world disconnected from the earliest wisdom we all once had.

Ornaments:  hair  bands,  ‘borlas’,  ear  buttons,  ear  'kanautis',  necklaces,  belts,  cuffs,  bangles, armbands, anklets.

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