Murano - Venetian Handcrafting

Glass blowing artisans may use modernized tools today, but the essence of working with glass remains an ancient art. The technique can be traced back to 3500 BC in Mesopotamia (today’s Iraq).

Throughout history, the basic knowledge and techniques of glass blowing have been highly coveted, and at times, held sacred by only a select few. This information was handed down secretively from glass blower to apprentice for thousands of years.

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Azzedine Alaïa’s Magical Touch

The Tunisian-born couturier Azzedine Alaïa enjoyed his role as an outsider in the world of fashion.

Always dressed in a uniform of black, he ignored the strict fashion calendar of seasonal collections while tirelessly upholding the traditions of haute couture. From his first show in the late 1970’s to the last one just before his death in 2017, Alaïa’s work has always generated excitement and respect.

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Pedro Friedeberg & His Hand Chair

Pietro Enrico Hoffman Landesman (as was his given name) or as he was later known as Pedro Friedeberg, was born in Italy in 1936 to German-Jewish parents. At the age of three, Pietro and his recently divorced mother fled Italy at the onset of the Second World War and settled in Mexico. 

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Pasionaria : Joana Uchôa

An old used up shirt covered in stains belonging to her father was the spark that lit the fire to Joana Uchôa’s creativity. She went out to buy fabric paint and reveled at customizing the shirt by covering the stains.

Since that moment, Joana has spent time browsing through thrift shops searching for the pieces of clothing that inspire her to develop her customized styling and hand patterns.

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The Hand Has Its Social Media Moment By Amanda Hess Published In The Nytimes.com

The disembodied hand has a sinister cinematic reputation. In horror films, it can be seen scampering across the screen, enacting nefarious deeds — murder, usually. But on social media, the hand has been cast in a new role, as a symbol of artisanal craftsmanship and entrepreneurial zeal.

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The Hand In The Native American Culture

The highly complex Native American Indian culture was based on a religion dominated by rituals and spiritual connection with nature.

Several beliefs were illustrated in various symbols such as the Hand symbol. Their clothes, tepees and most of their belongings were decorated with these symbols depicting their achievements.

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Schiaparelli's Hand

Elsa Schiaparelli was one of the world's leading fashion designers in the 1920s and ‘30s.

Born in Rome in 1890, she lived in London & NY and moved to Paris after her divorce, where she continued her work in the fashion industry. She soon began designing clothes of her own, and in 1927, opened her own business.

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Hold My Hand

I don’t remember his nice words or the compliments he gave me, nor do I remember his flirty texts, his Instagram likes or the roses he sent. But, I do remember the first time his hand brushed my cheek, the first time our hands touched ; the first time he held my hand through my pain. I also remember the first time his hands yelled at me ; the first time his hands cheated on me ; and, the first time his hands stopped loving me.

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Hands In Fashion

Hands seem to inevitably appear as elements of garments in the world of fashion. Either delicately as a highlight or hauntingly as in the Maison Martin Margiela 1988 bustier constructed from gloves. The hand is a regular feature in many collections. 

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