The IOWEYOU project.
You can't go to a shop and buy these clothes. Because each textile is unique they have an app
that allows you to trace your garment right back through the production process to the actual weaver that hand-wove the fabric. You can see some of the delightful
people involved in the project at their YouTube channel
posted by unliteral
on Apr 12, 2011 -
Today would have
been Indira Gandhi
's 92nd birthday, had she not been assassinated
by members of her own guard in her own backyard on October 31st, 1984 (I was there in New Delhi
in a cab when the driver suggested it might be safer
if he turned around and took me straight home). Often confused as a relative of the more famous Gandhi, fashionable, stylish and well groomed
Indira was actually the daughter of India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru and used her married name, although divorced from her Parsi exhusband
. Daughter and mother
of Prime Ministers of India, she herself held office with an iron fist, remembered for
", a brief period of martial law often overlooked in the democratic vibrancy of Indian politics. Will Mrs Gandhi's legacy of dynasty
be continued by
her half Italian grandson?
posted by infini
on Nov 19, 2009 -
India’s New Face.
"Meet Narendra Modi, chief minister of Gujarat and the brightest star in the Hindu-chauvinist Bharatiya Janata Party. Under Modi, Gujarat has become an economic dynamo. But he also presided over India’s worst communal riots in decades, a 2002 slaughter that left almost 2,000 Muslims dead. Exploiting the insecurities and tensions stoked by India’s opening to the world, Modi has turned his state into a stronghold of Hindu extremism, shredding Gandhi’s vision of secular coexistence in the process. One day, he could be governing the world’s largest democracy." [Via]
posted by homunculus
on Mar 11, 2009 -
Dear Leo, Dear Mohandas
"The longer I live -- especially now when I clearly feel the approach of death -- the more I feel moved to express what I feel more strongly than anything else... the doctrine of the law of love unperverted by sophistries. Love... the highest and indeed the only law of life".
The Kingdom of God Is Within You
(full text available) is Leo Tolstoy
's tractatus of "Christianity
Not as a Mystic Religion but as a New Theory of Life", a primer of (among other things) the doctrine of non-violence
. Among the many fans
of the 1894 book was an imprisoned
Hindu barrister, a "half-naked fakir"
if you want, a certain Mohandas
who was fascinated by "the independent thinking, profound morality, and the truthfulness"
of the book
. So he ended up writing fan letters to the great Russian man: who warmly wrote back to his young Indian "friend and brother". The old wise Christian anarchist
and the shy, insecure young man
who sparked a revolution: to paraphrase another wise, badly-dressed , pacifist old man
, "Generations to come, it may be, will scarcely believe that such men ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth."
posted by matteo
on Jun 17, 2004 -