GOD'S OWN COUNTRY

GOD'S OWN COUNTRY

 

Kerala, the tropical paradise of India, is loved and praised by many as "God's Own Country". From cascades of greenery on the Western Ghats, this slender costal state reaches to the Arabian Sea, boasting diverse natural beauty and vibrant traditions. 

 

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Wayuu: More Than A Bag

Wayuu: More Than A Bag


Wayuu women have become today's world-renowned master weavers. Their mochila, a type of shoulder bag decorated with vibrant one-of-a-kind patterns, hangs comfortably thanks to its sturdy belt straps and displays character with its chunky pom-poms, is catching the eyes of fashionistas across the world. A mochila bag can take up to one month to complete by its maker, using the weaving and crocheting techniques that have been passed down from mothers to daughters for hundreds of years. 

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THE LAND OF KINGS

THE LAND OF KINGS


Rajasthan means "Land of Kings". This northwestern state of India is the largest in the country, with rich culture and authentic influences from India's ancient castes. 

Magnificent palaces, forts, and temples attest to the prosperous history that is still attracting global tourists to this land.

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Guatemala: To the Mayan World

Guatemala: To the Mayan World


Guatemala attracts global adventurers with the natural beauty of its diverse landscape. And for travelers who love art and history, there are unique architecture, exquisite handicrafts, and well-preserved cultural heritage characterized by their indigenous roots with a strong influence from Spain.

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The Colors of Morocco


Red terracotta is the color of the imperial city of Marrakech. The Majorelle Garden houses green and cobalt. Argan trees bear golden fruits in the Sous valley. And in the magical Chefchaouen, mesmerizing shades of blue permeate everything.

MINZUU Blog - The Colors of Morocco

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The Best Travel Destinations for Craft Lovers


Fascinated by handicrafts? Simply can't wait to get your hands dirty and make something by yourself? Move these 5 travel destinations to the top of your bucket list!

MINZUU Blog | The Best Travel Destinations for Craft Lovers: Kyoto

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Peruvian Pom Poms


At the top of any pom pom lover's bucket list should be a trip to Peru. Colorful pom poms are everywhere - from the country's capital Lima, to the floating islands of Uros.  

Peruvian Pom Poms: A Native Girl on the Islands of Uros

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In the Spotlight: The Fabric of India


Anyone who loves art and culture and happen to be visiting London this fall wouldn't want to miss the India Festivala series of exhibitions, displays, events and digital initiatives that "explore the rich and varied culture of South Asia, both past and present", presented by the Victoria and Albert Museum

In Rajasthan, the V&A filmed the entire manual production process of Khadi cloth, through which cotton is spun and woven by hand using traditional tools and equipment. 



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Japanese Patterns: Now and Then


The inspirations of popular Japanese patterns often come from the nature: ocean waves, flowers, vines, leaves, and reeds.
Karasuka pattern on ceramics and the Karasuka grass

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Backstrap Weaving - An Ancestral Living Art

The most accomplished Inca weavers wove on backstrap looms, a heritage which has been passed down through generations and still lives today. 

Pais Textil artisans, backstrap weaving

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Fragrances from the French Riviera


A "city of art and history", Grasse takes pride in its prosperous perfume industry, whose history can be traced back to the 17th century. 

Grasse, France

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Sustainable Fashion Inspired by the Weaving Villages in Vietnam

When I first learned about these weaving villages in Vietnam, I was blown away by the intricacies involved in creating their traditional textiles, and the amount of time and skill it takes to make them. I was also shocked to learn that these weaving techniques are in danger of going extinct, ...

Traditional Loom in Vietnam

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