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Belgian Lace: Waltz of a Thousand Threads
At the sight of Flemish lacework it is hard to shake the feeling that miraculous flowers, artfully braided into a wreath of a pattern, were born from loose sparks that had escaped a magic wand. On the inside of the beauty there are efforts and days of jetsam girls, stolen from life by labyrinth of openwork loops. Having compelled self-will of the thread to a dream about heaven, promised for humility, skills defied despair and need – to secure victory.
27.06.2017 | top, art
Don’t break the tongue: the hardest languages in the world
It is said, the easier it is, the better we feel, however, is it always like that? We know that not all the nations follow this principle. Outlook has found out the strangest, toughest and hard in articulation international languages and would like to share it with the readers.
14.06.2017 | top, tradition
Forgotten art: Chinese ceremony in Korea
After the walking along the boisterous streets of Seoul one wants to take it easy in a café drinking a cup of flavored tea, however, it never happens like that. Good teahouses are found out only near Buddhist monasteries or at the bohemian pedestrian street Insadon. Chinese ceremony in Korea that is incomparable with the rough schedule of offices and plants do not reach out people remaining the joy of wise people and privilege of the masters.
12.06.2017 | top, traditions
LEATHER TANNERIES IN FEZ: RAINBOW PALETTE OF THE EAST
Ancient Fez medina is firmly holding time in a criss-crossing maze of tiny alleyways and picturesque shops. The medieval town of craftsmen does not recognize modern technology, however, it is not difficult to trace a full production of cute handbag with embossed lettering. The leather for souvenir is produced there, in courtyards, and at a reasonable cost a tannery owner would reveal details of folk art with a millennial history.
10.06.2017 | top, Morocco
On Catwalk: Cuba
Perhaps, every person on the planet at least received the invitation at the ‘party in Cuban style’ that is not so simple as it seems from the first side. Today Outlook is trying to study in the key elements and features of ‘estilocubano’ that lives out its rebirth that is unknown which is count, and is still inspiring the designers all over the planet.
25.05.2017 | Cuba, on catwalk
Amazons from tribe moco: conservation of feminism in the shadow of Himalayas
Composers of antiutopias predict hundreds of sorrows to the people of the future who are from times to times forbidden to celebrate weddings, however, it seems, everything is not so terrible. In Chinese province Yun Nan near the foot of Himalayas the matriarch tribe moco resides that is not familiar with the concept of marriage at all. In their language there are no words like 'husband' and 'wife', in the same time they do not know what it is to be 'jealous', stay in state of 'war' or experience 'betrayal', and they do not complain of their destiny.
12.05.2017 | tradition
PUPPETRY: ANOTHER FACE OF PRAGUE
It is amazing how diverse history is! It is shining with golden domed churches and temples of Kievan Rus' era, tapping wooden klompen from Holland, rises heaven high along with ancient pyramids of Egypt. Yet, in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, history has a doll face.
20.04.2017 | Chezh
What They Eat: Malaysia
It is easier to try teasing odor of Malay cuisine than to describe it. Give a shot at throwing into a boiling kettle a thimbleful of India and a pinch of China, spice it up with pungent infusion of Indonesia and sultry spirit of Morocco, add a couple of drops of Siam and stew on slow fire for several hundred years watching scattering of Portuguese influence melt in checkered amalgam of culinary traditions of peoples of Malaysia – and you will taste bliss.
13.04.2017 | What They Eat, Malaisia
Switzerland: Banks, Chocolate And Army
It is an open secret that this world is full of paradoxes. Outlook, in its turn, tries to figure them out therefore today we’ll tell about armed forces of the world’s most militarized state that, however, hasn’t been at war with anyone for over two centuries. Our feature is about the army of Switzerland.
12.04.2017 | Switzerland
"Goat-dragging"
“To drag a goat with one’s hands” is a national entertainment of Tajik men however it enjoys huge popularity around Central Asia in the whole. As a rule a couple dozens, sometimes as many as a hundred, skilled and nimble horse riders gather to drag the goat. There is such a throng during the event that people fall off their horses, lose consciousness and even get maimed. Although the players attempt at protecting their legs and heads, hurts and bruises are commonplace for them anyway.
06.04.2017 | traditions, sports, culture
Nihongami: Topknot as a Sign of Status
Nihongami is a certain way to arrange hair in Japanese tradition. Interestingly, in the Land of the Rising Sun hairdos were legally controlled and served as some sort of dress code for ladies of different social statuses and classes. Therefore, each class had strictly determined corresponding outfit and hairstyle and those laws are still obeyed by geishas and their apprentices.
21.03.2017 | Japan, traditions
What They Eat: Peru
We continue publishing travel essays of our reader Ia Zaitseva, that are dedicated to Peru. Today she shares her impressions of Peruvian cuisine that is rightfully considered one of the most diverse and delicious in the world.
17.02.2017 | Peru, What They Eat
Kalash: amazing people in the mountains of Pakistan
While watching Discovery or other popular science shows it seems that our planet has been explored and examined length and breadth long ago. However some phenomena that we come across in our lives literally knock us down. Like, for instance, the fact that in Hindu Kush Mountains mysterious and blonde Kalash people live in isolation and surrounded with Islamic states; and even modern science is unable to solve the riddle of its origins.
17.02.2017 | tradition, Pakistan
Unforgettable Tschäggättä: Horrors in Lötschental Valley
In February Switzerland changes beyond recognition: reckless power of pre-Lent carnivals, insatiable gluttony and cat’s choirs of Guggenmusik rush into the streets. Only evil spirits are kind of weak – same glamorous vampires and emaciated zombies. Want it to become really scary? Head to Lötschental Valley to celebrate Tschäggättä: infernal characters from Alpine folklore will haunt you in your dreams!
07.02.2017 | Switzerland
NATIONAL WINGED SYMBOLS
Each state has its own official symbols: flag, coat of arms and anthem. But in addition to the traditional "identification mark" there are symbols chosen by people, for instance, a favourite bird. It is about them OUTLOOK expands below.
03.02.2017 | nature
TRUTH IN GRAIN OR POLISH STYLE COFFEE
France, Italy and Venice - these names were chosen by foreigners for their restaurants, which gave a grounding for coffee biography of Poland. Residents of the country became one of the first in Eastern Europe gourmets who appreciated taste and flavor of the unusual drink. Only a few were aware of the fact that a new source of pleasure was produced from fruit of the tree once grown in Ethiopia in the wild.
28.01.2017 | Poland
Sri Lankan Masks: Guides to the Kingdom of Spirits
Traditional carved mask is a desired souvenir for a tourist fascinated by distinctive bright tropical color of a wonderful island of Sri Lanka. Painted faces of monsters from fairy tales win hearts with liveliness and straightforwardness of emotions that our rational world so desperately lacks – and your hand surrenders to an impulse to reach for the wallet, owner of a shop is lavish in his praise of your taste… Congratulations: you’ve invited a demon into your house.
26.01.2017 | Sri Lanka
ON CATWALK: HAITI
When Hawaii folk costume is mentioned, imagination immediately pictures a hula skirt with lei flower necklace and coconuts; the same immediate association is gorgeous sari embracing India; while Japan is tightly folded into silk kimono.
25.01.2017 | Haiti, on catwalk
MENTALITY BANK. EGYPTIANS
Egyptians form an opinion about the person exactly after the greeting which, in general represents hand-shaking. However, one should remember that it should obviously be bone-crushing otherwise it could be estimated as the reflection of the lack of sincerity… Thus, exchange greetings and continue getting familiar with the peculiarities of the mindset of this nation!
23.01.2017 | MENTALITY BANK
What They Eat: Latvia
It is commonly believed that Latvia is all about Riga’s seashore, ancient cozy cities and perfect climate. All of it is true, but somehow many forget local cuisine. Having visited the country, Outlook cannot but share a story of delicious and sometimes very unusual dishes.
21.01.2017 | What They Eat, Latvia
SHRIMP FISHING AT OOSTDUINKERKE: HORSES FOR COURSES
If early morning you walk along sandy beaches of Oostduinkerke, located in one of Belgium western provinces, you can see several suns. One, of course, is in the sky, and others are bright yellow spots riding horses carrying heavy wicker baskets, while plying the shallows along the North Sea coast for shrimps. Oostduinkerke and shrimps are hand and glove, so horseback shrimping is still practiced here.
19.01.2017 | Belgium
BOAT INSTEAD OF SHOPPING BASKET: FAMOUS FLOATING MARKETS
Stores, shopping malls, markets - all these places are an integral part of daily goings-on of almost every person on our planet. It would seem there is nothing special about them: they are all alike, just goods and prices vary depending on country or city. In fact, it is not quite true since some markets are only accessible via waterways. Our today’s story is about them.
14.01.2017 | tradition
ESKIMO IGLOO: IT IS AS EASY AS PIE TO BUILD CASTLES IN... SNOW
A little son came to his father and suggested to run away from mom and granny to the North Pole? Now, do not indulge into tragic speeches of severe frosts, pitch darkness of the polar night and hungry polar bears! Give a conspiracy wink to a little brave one, and give him a real man's job for his school winter holidays that is to learn how to build an igloo, night shelter in ever-frost lands.
09.01.2017 | traditions, Finland, Canada
On catwalk: Norway
Full set of Norwegian national outfit can be traded for a pretty immodest car. Offspring of Vikings habitually create their bunads, decorated with elaborate embroideries, only manually thus investing a lost of effort and patience in it. Sure enough, they don’t wear helmets with horns anymore, but their folk dress still doesn’t lack splendor.
08.01.2017 | Norway, on catwalk
Christmas Eve and What’s to Follow
Christmas arrives with a warm overjacket on its shoulders. At night it brings warm light of the first evening star and in the morning it wakes you up with shine of white but warm sun. If my great-grandmonther’s grandmother had been asked about her Christmas feelings, I believe, her words would have been identical to mine. Because together with a bowl of kutia, generations of Ukrainians transfer their traditions from hand to hand.
06.01.2017 | holiday, traditions, Ukraine
Handicraft: persian rugs
In those days when the Persian soldiers were second to none, and both the Roman Empire and the Arabian Peninsula were conquered by their power, skilful fingers of winner nation craftswomen created their first masterpiece. The carpet called The Springtime passed into history as the most precious of all time. It symbolized powerful rule of the Persians, and its beauty told about the divine origin of the king Khosrow I.
05.01.2017 | tradition, art, Iran
STEP OVER THRESHOLD: THE MAGICAL ART OF THE HUICHOL PEOPLE
Dazzling flashes of ancient knowledge manifested in colourful shimmering beads and in elaborated yarn mosaics by Huichol Indians, captivate the imagination calling for an endless journey through branches of the world tree. Spiritual images take on flesh in intricate ornaments that accompany a Mexican peasant throughout his life. Twilight land of legends always have a shelter for a weary traveller: no one is alone on the paths of spirits.
04.01.2017 | art, Mexican
Slow Life: We Manage Everything
Probably every person, who lives in our blistering and constantly accelerating era, needs to stop time and again to exhale and have own powers recharged. Residents of large cities need such breaks especially frequently, because as nearly as entire surrounding space never sleeps. In order to discover aspired ‘stop’ button inside yourself and then press it we offer you a story of a young but very interesting life philosophy that bears expressive name Slow Life.
23.12.2016
Maculele: dance to make the sparks fly
When the first emigrants from Africa came to Brazil, they brought rousing actions in the country that had been living upon the principle ‘Life is a carnival’. As the citizens of Africa explained, dance maculele appeared in the environment where slaves had to protect themselves from the encroachment of their owners. That is why representatives of nation mastered sticks and knives provided that the weapon was hold in the arms even during the dances…
10.12.2016 | traditions, Brazil
WEDDING TRADITIONS OF THE WORLD: FROM GEESE TO LASSO
Stealing the bride's shoe in the midst of the celebration, and to require unimaginable redemption from the groom, is an interesting action for which it is worth to go to the wedding party. This is not the only wedding tradition of country, by which the legal wedlock of two hearts acquires a special flavour. What are interesting rituals of different parts of our planet? We leave for the honeymoon in search of the most original and unusual traditions of the peoples of the world!
07.12.2016 | traditions
Art of Tattoo: Mesmerizing Magic of On-body Drawings
Coin jar of history of this art accounts for about 6 thousand years. Notably, this currently popular trade owes its emergence to happenstance... A prehistoric man once noticed that after any natural colorant had gotten into a place of a burn or a cut, very lasting drawings stayed on skin. From that moment on people began inflicting slight damage to themselves in order to decorate own bodies with ornamentation and stand out among others. Researchers discovered the oldest samples of tattoos during excavations of sacred Egyptian pyramids.
30.11.2016 | art
Serpent Charmers: How to Make a Snake Dance?
Magic dance of a snake in time with flute’s melody often described in Eastern fairy tales and depicted in movies is no fiction but a true symbol of those countries. In Egypt, India, African countries and some other states slithering tribe are tamed to make a spectacular entertainment out of it. Profession of reptile charmers exists there; it is believed to be as nearly as the most amazing on Earth. What does this mysterious trade represent, its experts teetering on the brink between life and death?
29.11.2016
LOST ISLAND OF YAP. THE LAND OF BIG MONEY
How can you understand the nature of finance, if there is no desire to go deep into the jungle of science? It is better to see once, than to read a hundred times: a trip to the island of Yap in Micronesia replaces the entire university course of monetary theory. Yap roads are lined up with giant doughnut-shaped, carved disks the size of a millstone - rampant inflation has made the world biggest money into fun for tourists.
22.11.2016 | traditions, Micronesia
On the Move. Street Food in Different Countries of the World
Experienced tourists believe that one of the best sure-fire ways to quickly tune into the beat of another culture is to try local food. In order not to be at a loss when choosing dishes and save precious time for spiritual food, Outlook gives you selective advice on street gastronomy from seven spots of the globe. And you only dare step by a famous fast food for another warmed-up semi-product instead!
19.11.2016 | tradition
Along the Waves of Time: Historic Sailing Vessels of Estonia
History of Estonia isn’t preserved in scrolls of parchment but in leaden chronicles of the North Sea. Winding coastline three thousand kilometers long has seen millions of sails starting with striped cloths of drakkars to nap-of-the-earth flight of clippers over the waves in the era of steam and electricity. Occasionally old sailing vessels return from the abyss of past to invite adventurers aboard.
17.11.2016 | traditions, Estonia
HUTSULS: UKRAINIAN HIGHLANDERS
How can we blame foreigners for not knowing our country, even if the native Ukrainians now and then mistakenly and stereotypically refer to all the inhabitants of the western regions of Ukraine as the Hutsuls. Hearing it, representatives of this ethnic group of Ukrainian, isolated by picturesque nature of the Carpathians, just smile. We suggest to climb up with to their mountain villages and get more acquainted.
09.11.2016 | Ukraine
Duduk: music evocating love
This music is one and a half thousand years. Gentle and penetrating melodies played on the flute duduk have been called ‘the voice of eternity’. In Armenia where people esteem national motives believe that in duduk there is a soul of apricot tree what made tree sound.
27.10.2016
GEORGIA: FIRE AND SWORD
The sword and the vine, as the beloved national symbols of Georgia, are even depicted in the coat of arms of Georgia. The ages-long struggle for motherland made this nation proud and brave. That is why the military traditions are much honoured in Georgian culture. Moreover, the Georgians love the world around them so much, that this contrast is amazing.
26.10.2016 | Грузия
A WIFE IS NEVER KNOWN TILL HUNGER
The ancient Indian belief has it that a wife is never known till her husband has poverty. Who knows if hunger can be considered as demonstration of poverty, but once a year Indian men watch a manifestation of loyalty and commitment of women in this way.
21.10.2016 | India
Flamenco: guitar crying and fierce stomping
What most people know about flamenco, is that this dance is manifestation of neither love and affection, nor entertainment and revelry fun. Fiery expressive flamenco is reflection of suffering and pain of an individual within nation, always persecuted and deprived of home. The dance itself, which has become a global symbol of Spain, is not only its national heritage, but aesthetic mix of cultures of Spanish, Roma, Jewish and Arab peoples.
17.10.2016 | art
History Clatters on Stone Blocks of the Netherlands
It is customary to measure legs of life in pairs of worn out shoes. You tread on to discover new and glance at ancient things. And when leather shoes begin to gaze your feet, you can't help but recall huge wooden clogs that you happened to find behind your great grandmother's oven in Poltava. It is as if Ms. Holland herself salutes you, because... Is there really a person who hasn't heard about Dutch klompen?
16.10.2016 | tradition
ON CATWALK: UKRAINE
Traditional Ukrainian clothes are absolutely unique, bright and distinctive. So there is no surprise that they still remain relevant for both Ukrainian and foreign fashion-mongers. In recent years designers of the world create entire collection “based on” the main symbol – vyshyvanka (embroidered clothing) – and many celebrities now and then put on shirts with magic ornamentation believing them to be the summit of elegance.
14.10.2016 | Ukraine, on catwalk
ORIENTAL MAKEUP AS A TRADITION: SEDUCTIVE AND LANGUISHING LOOK
The well-known saying goes: east is a delicate matter. All-in-all, it is true as evidenced even by details. Due to specific climate, eastern women have similar type of appearance, and their nations are united by close cultures. Therefore, they prefer the same beauty standards. Women are supposed to be modest, to dress so as to completely or almost completely conceal figure. Therefore, all that remains to them is to charm a man by play of eyes, so eastern makeup concentrates on eyes.
12.10.2016 | Japan, India
WORLD GHETTOS: POLISH QUARTER IN NEW YORK
New York is rightfully considered one of the most interesting cities in the world. The reasons for this are many, including its unique ethnic composition of more than twenty large communities. New Yorkers joke that they do not need to travel, as it is just enough to take a ride through national enclaves and learn new cultures.
01.10.2016 | USA, Poland, world ghettos
BASQUES: BETWEEN FRANCE AND SPAIN
Visiting Spain, probably every tourist at least once heard about an intention of the inhabitants of a successful Barcelona and its neighbouring towns to declare independence. From time to time this topic comes up in international news, dragging attention and overshadowing history of the Basques - another special people in the Pyrenees.
30.09.2016 | Spain
THORNY PATH OF FLOWER
Traditional Japanese kabuki theatre has always been a mystery to the European mentality: only an expert on the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun can understand a play without guide’s tips.
27.09.2016 | Japan, art, traditions
Women's Adornments in India: Sacred Meaning
Upon hearing word combination “Hindu woman” an image of a beautiful woman wearing sari and definitely with numerous adornments and pictures on her body emerges in our imagination. Where does passion for body decoration come from in national traditions of this people?
23.09.2016 | India
Eastern music of Sufi: Qawali
‘Love evolves when one looks in the eyes of the person beloved seeing there God’, in such a way the lines of some Arabian song called Qawali is translated. The authorship of this chant is ascribed to Eastern strangers Sufi who tending to find the sense of existence strolled around the half an Earth bare-footed. In the travels they composed songs where they told narration describing what they had to endure.
22.09.2016 | tradition, art
WHAT THEY EAT: KYRGYZSTAN
With the passage of time, people in this country have not ceased to amaze guests with their mentality and thoughtful approach to cooking of homemade meals. Salty tea, sour soups, snacks from horse meat - a bold combination of products and flavours defy culinary clichés, thus creating gourmet masterpiece delighting indigenous population and surprising visitors to the valley of the Celestial Mountains.
19.09.2016
Cockney: derisive British dialect
Recently London museum has conducted a survey among the visitors. As it turned out, a good few of the respondents did not know what is meant when people say ‘Mother Hubbard’ (cupboard) and Tommy Tucker (dinner). Strange nicknames for items known for everybody; quite famous usage of ’ain’t’ form instead of ‘am not’ as well as disappearing letter h in several words are the features of British dialect cockney considered as picturesque language that amazes Englishmen with its sarcastic nature and provocation.
12.09.2016 | Great Britain
What They Eat: United Kingdom
Cuisine of the United Kingdom is a nightmare for nutritionists, gourmets and other healthy food experts. A typical Englishman doesn’t honor art of cooking much and for the sake of saving time often grabs a snack on the go with fresh vegetables and fruits present in the diet purely technically. But should you put some effort into it, it is possible to acquire bright gastronomic impressions on the Albion, too – if you know what and where to look for.
15.08.2016 | What They Eat
SHADOW CAST BY THE EAST...
Shadow theatre overcame a thousand-year path from eastern puppets up to professional actors with incredible physical flexibility. Its evolution is comparable to transformation of other kinds of art: artists were replaced by designers, literature classics – by best-selling authors. A twitching puppets with threads now look comical and boring for the Internet user browsing social networks and video sharing for spectacular performances of shadow theatre.
07.08.2016 | art
HAPPINESS MOVES IN MYSTERIOUS WAY: PLACES TO MAKE WISHES IN LATVIA
Trip to Latvia breaks the chain of mundanity, awakes secret fantasies which usually remain dormant in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Wandering between the centuries-old pine trees, fresh Baltic breeze languidly runs over strings in wait for off-beat adventure. Dreams do come true – you just need to know a right place to make a wish. If you are willing to let new experiences into your life, take note of the real places of power in Latvia.
06.08.2016 | traditions, turism, Latvia
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