For over 2000 years, Japanese women in coastal villages would make their living diving into the ocean searching for oysters and abalone, a pearl producing sea snail. These ladies known as the Ama, literally meaning “women of the sea,” would dive into the Pacific waters for minutes at a time, often in freezing conditions. The modern wetsuit had yet to be developed so the Ama relied on their own body heat to keep them alive. Talk about super women.
Photographer Iwase Yoshiyuki was able to capture this ancient tradition before it died out almost completely in the mid 1900s. Visit Messy Nessy’s blog “The Last Japanese Mermaids” and “Japanese Mermaids: Ancient Pearl Hunters of the Sea” for the full story.
We are excited to be giving 1% of June’s sales to Greenpeace’s SAVE THE ARCTIC campaign. In the last 30 years, we’ve lost as much as three-quarters of the floating sea ice cover at the top of the world. Protecting the ice means protecting us all.
We are loving artist Sophie Standing’s colorful textile collages of animals. Standing lives and works in Kenya where she finds inspiration in African wildlife, particularly endangered species like elephants, lions, and rhinoceroses. To create her collages she first “paints or sketches on fabric and then draws from a vast collection of decorative fabrics acquired from her travels around the world to create a dense patchwork of color and texture. The artwork is then finished with dense line work applied with a sewing machine.” So beautiful. Visit Colossal for more on Sophie.
Here at Eskayel we try to keep things local, and that includes our food too! We have decided to join the CSA program at Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett and couldn’t be more pleased with our weekly produce. Many farms participate in CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) giving you the opportunity to receive local, seasonal, organic food. Visit www.localharvest.org to find a farm near you!
These unique homes and mausoleums can be found in a small West African village called Tiébélé. Not many have traveled to this remote location, leaving much left up to our imagination about its people and their lifestyle. Regardless, their intricate embellishment and schematic decoration has left out pattern senses tingling!
Visit the Messy Nessy Chic blog for the story or view more photos @ Rita Willaert’s flickr.
Original photography by RITA WILLAERT
Nine days in and we’ve got summer on the mind! Here are four summer palette ideas to inspire. Can you spot Kaya? She has become one with the patterns.
One / Biami Hide / Hive Waterstone / The Twin Rooster
Two / Hive Citron / Reflection Pool / Astral Nyanza
Three / Hive Nyanza / Bungalow Celadon / Areca Palms Breeze / Native Stripe B+W
Four / Nairutya Chalk / Omaha Kinship Flare / Paw Paw Flare / Poolside + Natale Pearl
Thanks Born & Bread for featuring our Cosmos Collection — available exclusively at ABC Carpet & Home. We love “beach-chic decor and the sandy toes lifestyle” too!
Shop // ABC Home & Carpet // Cosmos Collection
We’ve learned to embrace cloudy summer days here at Eskayel. As it turns out, even cloudy beach photos can be pretty inspiring! Follow us on instagram @eskayel