The Mills (Part 2): Art, design & retail

Posted on May 28, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
One of The Mill's main attractions is CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile) – a space dedicated to the past, current, and future of Hong Kong and Asia’s textile industry.
Welcome to the Spinning Factory! is the inaugural exhibition designed by Turner Prize winning U.K. architect collective Assemble and UK/HK design firm [...]

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Hong Kong heritage: The Mills (Part 1)

Posted on May 27, 2019 by Toothpicker

Interesting 1950s-60s architecture
 
If you take the MTR in Hong Kong, you are most likely to encounter the name 'Tsuen Wan' because one of the main lines is the Tseun Wan line (red) and its station is at the end of the line in the New Territories. Around 100 years ago, this area [...]

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Hong Kong heritage: Tai Kwun 2010 vs 2019

Posted on May 25, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Since its opening in mid 2018, Tai Kwun (means 'big station' in Cantonese) has become the hottest heritage destintation in Hong Kong. Located at the eastern end of Hollywood Road, the 300,000sq ft compound comprises three declared monuments: the former Central Police Station, former Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison. The revitalisation project is [...]

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Hiking in Hong Kong: Lamma island

Posted on May 24, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Hiking is definitely one of my favourite acitivities in Hong Kong, and I would do at least one hike whatever I visit the city. Not long ago, I reconnected with an old friend in the city who is a keen hiker, and she suggested taking the ferry to Lamma Island (35 minutes [...]

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Noguchi for Danh Vo: Counterpoint at M+ Pavilion, Hong Kong

Posted on May 23, 2019 by Toothpicker

 

 
I have always been fascinated by Japanese American modernist artist, designer and landscape architect Isamu Noguchi's work, yet I have never visited his museum in New York even though I used to live there. I have seen his work at MOMA and at other art institutions in America, but oddly enough [...]

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The Arvind Indigo Museum in Ahmedabad, India

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
If you visit Gujarat, you are likely to pass through/visit Ahmedabad – the largest city and former capital of Gujarat. The Old city of Ahmedabad was the first in India to be declared as UNESCO World Heritage City in 2017. The historic city is also known for its textiles industry and it [...]

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Sidhpur: splendid architecture in a neglected town

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
After a visit to the ghost village Durgapur (see earlier post here) near Mandvi, we visited another sleepy town called Sidhpur in Patan. Both places have exquiste haveli architecture but barely any occupants. What on earth happened to these places? I can't fathom why these home owners abandoned their beautiful homes. It makes [...]

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Ancient stepwells in Gujarat: Modhera Sun temple & Rani ki Vav

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
I think most people who visit India for the first time would head to The Golden Triange for Rajasthan and Agra, whereas Gujarat seems less popular with first-time visitors. I have no question about the beauty and splendidness of Jaipur and Taj Mahal, but I also think that Gujarat is vastly underrated [...]

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Kutch art: Kalamkari & Warli painting

Posted on May 11, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
Besides embroidery and Ajrakh, there is a lesser known ancient art form called Kalamkari, which literally means 'pen-worked'. The 23-step process is either hand-painted or block-printed onto a piece of cloth, and only natural dyes are used. The name Kalamkari is derived from the Persian words qalam (pen) and kari (craftmanship), meaning drawing with a pen.
The two [...]

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Kutch textiles: Tangalia & Patola weaving

Posted on May 10, 2019 by Toothpicker

 
After days of visiting numerous textiles artisans from different tribal communities in Kutch, I was feeling quite overwhelmed. I am no expert on Indian textiles, and after arriving in Kutch, I was surprised by the variety of textiles traditions being practised in just one region. From embroidery to weaving, blockprinting and natural [...]

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