One of the great joys of exploring the Silk Road art of suzani embroidery is learning the deep meaning behind each of the traditional patterns. When Munira Akilova visited Albuquerque in April, we recorded a short video in which she explained every element of the design she created in our Pomegranate Wall Hanging.
I had hoped to set up the camera, lights, and microphone and capture Munira's interview in high definition and high quality. Well, surprise-surprise, it didn't happen that way!
Our schedule was jam-packed every day and into the evening. We had to cram Munira's interview into a quick Zoom capture at the very last minute on the morning of her departure, just before we left for the airport. When I played it back later, I realized that side-by-side, looking at each other instead of at the camera, was NOT a good choice. And the profile view is definitely not my best look!
Even though it's not the high production quality I had hoped for, I'm still delighted to be able to share Munira's explanation with you in our little video. And in case you're wondering, the background music is authentic Tajik folk music made available to HoonArts by a Tajik musician (i.e. no worries about copyright!)
I took a “Wisdom” course a few years ago, in which we explored, among other things, how art and music provide an access to the “eternal.” For me, that “eternal” includes the invisible connections that exist between all of us. One of the things that I’ve always loved about art and music is . . .
I’m usually not a huge archeology buff, and I tend to agree with my archeology friend’s assessment that archeologists spend too much time “guessing” what dead people were thinking. But my recent archeology adventures in Tajikistan did give me a new appreciation for the melding of history and culture in archeology. I also freely admit that the enthusiasm of the two archeologists in our 3 ‘Stans Tour group was contagious.
Our first archeological site in Tajikistan was . . .
Since this is Thanksgiving week in the US, I've been taking stock of the many things for which I'm grateful. (I keep a daily gratitude journal where I record five things I'm thankful for, which must be different from the five things noted the day before. This practice, recommended by my fantastic business coach Tania Vasallo, has helped me get through the craziness of the last few years.) My trip to the 'Stans in September and October ranks very high on the top 25 list of gratitude-inducing e...