“Mumbai Stories”: Photographer Tarun Khiwal Perfectly Captures Traditional Indian Bridal Fashion With Modern Aesthetic

Tarun Khiwal is among India’s leading fashion photographers and a true maverick. Recognized and featured internationally, his experimental style and finesse transformed fashion photography in India, and gave it a global edge while also ushering in a new era of exploration. His journey with the art form began 25 years ago, and without any formal training, his undying passion and commitment have led him to become one of the world’s leading photographers. Continue reading »

United Colours Of Holi 2019


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Celebrated by Hindus every year, on the day of Purnima (the full moon), in the month of Falgun over two consecutive days — the first day of Holi is known as Chhoti Holi or Holika Dahan and the second as Rangwali Holi, Dhuleti, Dhulandi or Dhulivandan. This year, the festival of colours will be celebrated on March 20 and 21. Continue reading »

Japanese Artists Continue The Tradition Of Rice Harvest Season By Creating Gigantic Straw Sculptures

Autumn is a rice harvest season in Japan. Every year, farmers make sure that the leftover rice straw, known as “wara”, does not go to waste. From feeding the cattle to improving the soil, the straw finds its purpose. In particular, Niigata province has a very creative way of using these leftover rice husks by hosting an annual event called “Wara Art Festival”. Continue reading »

Incredible Portraits Of Maori Women With Their Tradition Chin Tattoos From The Early 20th Century

For New Zealand Maori women, the ‘moko kauae’, or traditional female chin tattoo, is considered a physical manifestation of their true identity. It is believed every Maori woman wears a moko on the inside, close to their heart; when they are ready, the tattoo artist simply brings it out to the surface. Continue reading »

Yao Ethnic Women Keep Long Hair Tradition Alive

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Photo by Lu Boan/Xinhua

The Yao nationality is a government classification for various minorities in China. They form one of the 55 ethnic minority groups officially recognized by the People’s Republic of China, where they reside in the mountainous terrain of the southwest and south. They also form one of the 54 ethnic groups officially recognized by Vietnam. In the last census in 2000, they numbered 2,637,421 in China, and roughly 470,000 in Vietnam.

The Huangluo Village of the Yao ethnic group locates at the Longji Terraces in Heping Town of Longsheng County in Guilin. Women here have the tradition of keeping long hair. They believe that long hair brings good luck and fortune. The average length of hair of 180 women in the village is 1.7 meters. Continue reading »

The Chibi Tarot: A Cute Take on an Ancient Tradition


Welcome to the Chibi Tarot! This is an ongoing project by artist Adam Blodgett to reinterpret the ancient tradition of the tarot through the lens of chibi! But discount the chibi tarot at your own risk, for it’s a serious tarot deck that knows its roots. Who said the Kabalah couldn’t be cute?

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Fun with Foam: Scottish Co-Eds Partake in Yearly Tradition

Students embrace after dousing each other with foam at St. Andrews University in Scotland on Monday, Nov. 21. The tradition dates back to the early days of the university when new students would give senior students a pound of raisins out of gratitude for their help in adapting to university life, in exchange for a receipt written in Latin. Failure to do so could result in a dousing in the local fountain. Nowadays the raisins have been replaced with a bottle of wine and the dousing with foam. (David Moir / Reuters) Continue reading »