Art of Painting the body, and coloring the nails, hair – (dasana-vasananga-raga)...

Oct 19, 2014 by

Body Painting : Since the beginning of time, humans have always had the desire to create art. Through this desire body painting was born, making the human body the first canvass. The history of this craft stretches so far back that historians consider it to be the earliest form of art. It lasts only for a few hours at most. Here are some awesome pictures of body painting. Indigenous body painting : Body painting with clay and other natural pigments existed in most, if not all, tribalist cultures. Often worn during ceremonies, it still survives in this ancient form among the indigenous people of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific islands and parts of Africa. A semi-permanent form of body painting known as Mehndi, using dyes made of henna (hence also known rather erroneously as...

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Art of Make-up – ( viseshakacchedya vidya)...

Oct 14, 2014 by

Every woman, whether she chooses to acknowledge it or not, has an innate desire to be desired. Even the staunchest of feminists want to be accepted by other feminists. It goes without saying that we, as human beings, don’t enjoy being disliked and we go to any measure to make ourselves more readily acceptable to others. For women, one of the easiest ways to improve confidence and self-image is makeup. The earliest historical record of makeup comes from the 1st Dynasty of Egypt (c.3100-2907 BC). Tombs from this era have revealed unguent jars, which in later periods were scented. Unguent was a substance extensively used by men and women to keep their skin hydrated and supple and to avoid wrinkles from the dry heat. The women of Egypt also decorated their eyes by applying...

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Art of Hairdressing – ( sekharapida-yojana)...

Oct 13, 2014 by

Hairdressing, arranging of the hair for decorative, ceremonial, or symbolic reasons. Primitive men plastered their hair with clay and tied trophies and badges into it to represent their feats and qualities. Among women, a band to keep the hair from the eyes was the forerunner of the fillet. Much early hairdressing is traditional, as in the feather tufts or stiffened coronet of some primitive peoples, the queue of the Chinese, the tonsure of ecclesiastics, the flowing locks of the maid, and the bound or cut tresses of the wife. Hairdressing Whether ornate or simple, hairdressing has been employed by nearly every society from ancient time to the present. In 400 bc some Greek women dyed their hair; in the Roman period, dyeing and bleaching were common. Japanese women used lacquer (a precursor of modern-day...

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Art of Sewing and needle work – (suci-vaya-karma)...

Oct 11, 2014 by

Sewing Sewing is the craft of fastening or attaching objects using stitches made with a needle and thread. Sewing is one of the oldest of the textile arts, arising in the Paleolithic era. Before the invention of spinning yarn or weaving fabric, archaeologists believe Stone Age people across Europe and Asia sewed fur and skin clothing using bone, antler or ivory needles and “thread” made of various animal body parts including sinew, catgut, and veins. For thousands of years, all sewing was done by hand. The invention of the sewing machine in the 19th century and the rise of computerization in the later 20th century led to mass production of sewn objects, but hand sewing is still practised around the world. Fine hand sewing is a characteristic of high-quality tailoring, haute couture fashion, and...

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Art of cooking – (citra-sakapupa-bhakshya-vikara-kriya)...

Oct 9, 2014 by

“A work of art,” according to the Encyclopedia Britannica, “is something made or transformed by man that functions aesthetically in man’s experience.” Obviously, the only way it can function aesthetically in our experience is if it makes an impact upon our senses. And the more senses it makes an impact upon, the greater its potential impact. And the greater the impact, the greater the art form. Logically then, potentially the greatest art form must be cooking. For cooking-the creation and making of a great dish-does some thing no other art form does. It makes an impact upon not just one of our senses (as a painting does) or two of our senses (as a live performance of music does); it makes an impact upon all five. Every culture has a unique food philosophy. The...

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Art of Dressing (nepathya-yoga)...

Oct 9, 2014 by

HAVE you ever heard somebody described as being dapper or well dressed and wished you could be described that way? I think most people like to make a good impression on others but sometimes do not know exactly how to put themselves together. There is a tendency among serious people to consider clothing unimportant, and those who have an interest in it to be shallow and unthinking. It doesn’t matter what’s worn, as much as what the wearer stands for. This is true to a point, and the point is that what we wear, and how we wear it, shows to the world exactly what we stand for. More than that, what we wear affects how we feel and think about ourselves and our place in society. Consider the fashion industry. It didn’t really...

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