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One Man’s Spice is another Man’s Art

In Afghanistan, decorations used as symbols of auspiciousness  are made out of cloves!!

Who in my world would have thought of such a use for a clove or conversely when planning to make a decoration who would have thought of employing a clove!!!

 

 

 

 

 

If we were to list out all the possible materials ever used all over the world for decoration, we might find every single natural material on that list though no single culture is likely to do so. If collective ideation & aggregation were possible our world might look totally different!

Diversity is so delightful!!

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AFGHANI FOLK ART AFO-303 | VINTAGE AFGHANI FOLK ART - PAIR

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jm

Dec 2015

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5 comments on “One Man’s Spice is another Man’s Art

  1. Jennifer
    December 4, 2015

    Those are so gorgeous. Could you please say something about how the cloves are connected? Are they pierced? Tied? They must smell wonderful. Thank you!

  2. Kristine Lawrence
    December 7, 2015

    Exotic spices were very highly valued, even used as currency, and also the reason the early sea explorers set out in search of their source. These decorations could indeed represent prosperity.

  3. wovensouls
    December 9, 2015

    Thanks Kristine! I did not know about their use as currency (beyond barter-trading). So interesting!

  4. wovensouls
    December 29, 2015

    Jennifer, these are strung through. Pierced. Will add a close-up photo.

  5. Fiza Fatima
    November 7, 2016

    What is this? it seems like paranda

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