The N’dali

The N'Dali

“The N’dali of the temperate forests and hills of Southern Peninsula of Melanasia are an independent tribe of traders and craftspeople. They are most noted for their fine metalwork and technology in working with exotic creature skins and feathers such as those of the phoenix and dragon. Their people are homogenous with genetic markers such as pale fine caucasian skin, thick dark black hair and most amazingly, golden eyes, which appear ubiquitously through the N’dali people but are known as a rare recessive gene across other populations.

The N'Dali

“As the culture is matrifocal, women enjoy a great degree of independence and power. Free of the pressures of typical patriarchal societies, both women and men flourish as leaders, artisans, nurturers and tradespeople. Some occupations weigh heavier towards one sex or the other but both sexes enjoy the opportunity to choose their vocation. Parenthood is shared, with all children taught the concept of n’dalia, or fidelity to social oneness and community. The people are, overall, very insular and communicate very reluctantly with others except in trade. It could be said that their cultural ethos is ‘G’sip a g’ringen’ or ‘Words are power.’

“As seen in Figures 1 and 2, the N’dali women’s garb is made entirely by local artisans. First, the top and skirt are sewn from treated dragonskin, which is created from a process of steps that range from the original hunt of dragons by specialized warriors to the butchering of dragons and curing of dragonskin by skilled craftspeople. The dragonskin is surprisingly light but flexible and protective—it can withstand high temperatures and resists puncturing. The collars and belt of their garments are fashioned by artisans trained via apprenticeship and are created by commission, showing the marks of their owners’ family seals-—in this case, the image of a goddess akin to Callisto on the belt.

The N'Dali

“Figure 3 shows us the face of a N’gali woman. With fine beautiful features, the N’dali’s caucasian skin is surprisingly resistant to the elements and heat. The skin provides for N’dali women a convenient canvas for personal expression. While the facial tattoos of many women accentuate their golden eyes and provide pure decoration, the tattoos on their arms tell metaphorical tales of very personal narratives and relationships (in the case of this woman, an homage to the master craftswoman who taught her dragonskin hunting and curing). The hair is arranged in a complex construction of loops and curls, reaching ever higher heights as wearers try to outdo each other to the astonishment and subsequent duplication of their peers. It could never be said a N’dali woman is not vain.”

The N'Dali

Excerpted from “Between the Dragon and Phoenix: the N’dali of Melanasia” by anthropologist Birgit Fredriksson-Denison.

Cultural artifacts provided by:

Hair: MrS – Hazardous –  Medium by MrSigmund Fride for MrS

Skin: :GP: Petal [Dark] Summer-Pebble 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

Makeup: Adam n Eve Eye Tattoo Dragon Queen Gold by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Gold (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Outfit: Adam n Eve Clothes – Dragonskin – Purple by sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve *

Earrings: p.c; Oxidized Silver Hoop by Cora Lu for Paper Couture (modified)

Tattoos: AITUI TATTOO – Fire Fish Sleeves ::airbrushed:: by Jesseaitui Petion for AITUI

Shoes: ::: MOON ::: 1001 Nights Slippers COCOA by Moon Ling for ::: MOON :::

To the Moon

If the Sun and Moon should ever doubt, they’d immediately go out. ~ William Blake

To the Moon

The moon is one of the most beautiful and persistent gifts of living on the Earth. No matter where you go in the world, no matter who you talk to, everyone knows the moon. We all look to it to mark the waning and waxing of time. So it’s no surprise that she used the moon as the core component of this sculptural dress she designed. What makes the dress more interesting is that the moon rotates. The photos don’t show a very delicate framework of crisscrossing silver wires around the moon—it’s gorgeous. So we have Eshi’s flowers, her wispy feathers and now the moon. What’s next?

To the Moon

She includes this gorgeous hair/headpiece combo with the outfit with a smaller version of the moon. I wear the dress with a delicate skin from Brendon Papp, who always adorns my Eshi looks for some reason. I think the otherworldly delicacy of these skins offsets Eshi’s work well. We don’t need a brazen look; we need something much more fragile.

To the Moon

The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon. ~ Jean Ingelow

Skin: !Imabee: Umeko – Underwater / DKbrow / by Brendon Papp for Imabee

Hairbase: AD hair base – black by Queue Marlow for Analog Dog

Outfit (including hair): LUNA by Eshi Otawara by Eshi Otawara for Eshi Otawara

Internacional Two

Back to the same old theme.. you never know who is behind the keyboard. Variances in language might clue you into someone’s first language, but so many people in this world have learned English so well that often you can’t tell. So it’s down to how they represent themselves.

Internacional

This handsome gentleman hails from Northern India with his gorgeous sherwani, made by Annapurna Onomatopoeia (and yes, she gets two days in my blog because I am that pleased with her work), and it’s FREE. It’s the kind of outfit a distinguished gentleman would wear, and it makes him look strong and handsome. Her embroidery on the pieces is beautiful, the seams fit perfectly, and the prims fit well.

Internacional

His handsomeness is due, in good part, to this luscious skin from Aeon Jiminy. I have to admit, I put this ensemble on and just happily gazed at myself in a most weird gender-bending narcissitic way. Aeon’s man is young, strong, and classy. He’s made even more so by this great hair from Bryce Tully. (Yes! Men are getting more hair choices!)

Internacional

Shahid Kapoor? Ya think? ;)

Hair: Bryce ~ Kenny – Blacks – Tuxedo by Bryce Tully for Bryce

Skin: no.07 :: Demetris – Tanned :: Natural – Hair :: Body Hair by Aeon Jiminy for no.07*

Outfit: Yak & Yeti * Silk Sherwani * black by Annapurna Onomatopoeia for Yak & Yeti

Shoes: ::: MOON ::: 1001 Nights Harem Slippers COCOA by moon Ling for ::: MOON :::

Internacional One

Who is the person behind the keyboard talking to you? You can never be totally certain. We used to assume the person was a middle-class European or American person, probably white. Now with internet access being global, the internet can be as diverse as the real world is. And SL should be just as diverse.

Internacional

Your friend might be this beauty, sitting in a salwar kameez she purchased in Mumbai o her last trip home. This particular outfit, made by Annapurna Onomatopoeia, and offered for FREE, is a beautiful example of a nice salwar kameez. Annapurna has tackled the system layers and won, putting the lower part of the top on the skirt layer with the appropriate slit up the side and adjoining it to a beautifully rendered embroidered top.

Internacional

My roommate in grad school, Ajantha, ran around the house in outfits like this all the time, and ALWAYS wearing a bazillion gold bangles around her wrists. I could always hear her coming from the pretty jangle of her bracelets. She also had a little nose piercing as I show here—nothing overt, just small and sexy, a glimmering twinkle in her animated face. And this face, made by sanalyildiz Yalin, is especially gorgeous with its kohl-lined eyes and luscious lips.

Internacional

Photographed while listening to Internacional by the Brazilian Girls.

Hair: JF – Stephanie II (Black) by mcgeeb Gupte for Jolie Femme

Skin: *Sawode* Ada Umber Skin Makeup 6 (Hair Base) by sanalyildiz Yalin for Sawode

Outfit: Yak & Yeti * Salwar Kameez black by Annapurna Onomatopoeia for Yak & Yeti

Diamond: Aly – Diamond Nose Stud  01 by Alyssa Bijoux for Alyssa Bijoux Jewelry

Bangles: (nova) simplicity gold bangles by NovaStar Shilova for (nova)

Shoes: ::: MOON ::: 1001 Nights Harem Slippers PLUSHRED by moon Ling for ::: MOON :::

In the East

Vlinder Reitveld has to be a very interesting woman. If you read her profile, you find that she is currently “Hunkered down in Bangkok and staying out of the warzone til Thailand gets its act together.  Next stop, Delhi in June.. maybe Turkey after that.” As she travels, she teaches women in these countries about technology entrepreneurship. She says her main source of income comes from making clothing in SL. She uploads her work, sets it for sale, and helps her SL customers out as she finds internet cafes. Wow. If nothing else, this should prove not every person in SL is a fat guy sitting at the computer in his parent’s basement.

Modesty

Vlinder clearly catches inspiration on her travels, this from India with the choli and dupatta. With its magnificent texture based on Northern Indian artistry (called “Zari,” according to a friend of mine), her combination of sculpties, prims and system pieces creates a beautiful outfit befitting a woman of grace and gives us a peek at the wonders she sees on her travels.

Modesty

Vlinder takes it a little farther by offering add-ons to the basic Ghagra Choli so one can exhibit more modesty with portions of the Modesty Add-on (which includes a veil, which I decided to forego), as I do above, or show more skin, as I do below with her Arabia Add-on (purely an outfit of imagination). She offers this set of ensembles in 6 colors. I wear with a pair of great shoes from moon Ling, which are called “naagra,” according to my expert authority.

Modesty

I struggled because I wanted to wear a beautiful, darker-toned skin that had a hair base. I finally found Mallory Cowen’s Tasha in Nougat in my inventory, and it fit the bill perfectly. With the exotically shadowed eyes, the glowing skin tone, and the perfect wisps of hair from the hair base, this skin suited both the modest and the less modest looks perfectly.

In the East

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu

Hair: !lamb. Bang Bang Bob – Ink by Lamb Bellic for lamb.

Skin: LAQ ~ Tasha2 – 04 [Nougat] Glow skin (hairbase) by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Outfit: Eila Ghagra Choli by Vlinder Reitveld for Vlintuition *

Earrings: *Primagine* Maja Gold Earrings by Trixie Bumbo for Primagine

Shoes: ::: MOON ::: 1001 Nights Slippers Cocoa by moon Ling for :::MOON::: *

Rise, Gentle Moon, Rise

I had to show another set of items I picked up at the RFL Clothing Fair and the Melt exhibition, combined to make a very interesting look.

Rise, Gentle Moon, Rise

Aradhana Voight has made a beautiful gold dress to benefit RFL as well as being sponsor of the absolutely gorgeous New Delhi sim built by Grace Loudon. With its amazingly shimmering gold textures (making gold look like this in SL is no easy feat) and beautiful silhouette, this Indian-inspired gown is magnificent and sleek for any occasion. Aradhana cleverly adds a feathery optional waist skirt that can also be worn as a separate piece so you can wear the top with pants.

Rise, Gentle Moon, Rise

I show it with this amazing skin from Juliette Westerburg for the Melt exhibition. Again, having the artists combine efforts based on a common theme was a great exercise for all of those who participated. Some, like Juliette really answered the call, in this case using her great skills in texturing to create magical and fantastic skins. I like seeing her go from her “everyday girl” fashions to this more artistic and fanciful skin. It shows the girl has some chops and can think outside that same old box. The hair is a crazy cool piece I bought at Hair Fair last year made by Miranda Milestone. I had never had the opportunity to use until now. It needed an equally cool look to make it all make sense.

Rise, Gentle Moon, Rise

Goodnight, Moon:

Hair: [MC] Moon – gold by Miranda Milestone for Milestone Creations

Skin: -tb- Arctic Ice (blonde brows) by Julliette Westerburg for Tres Blah available at Melt: An Installation on Thin Ice

Dress: :Mashooka: RFL 2010: Isha gown by Aradhana Voight for Mashooka available on the New Delhi sim at the RFL Clothing Fair