Knitting has been around for a long time. Scotland and Scandinavian countries are considered to be his birthplace, although some sources claim that knitting began to exist in ancient Egypt. In those days, in Scotland, knitting was considered a purely masculine occupation and consisted in the art of knitting knots. This exercise was given a magical meaning. It was believed that knitting, besides the fact that it was a trade, can contribute either to patronage or to the wrath of the gods. Continue reading
Throughout the history of art can meet various types of ornament. Every nation, and sometimes even its individual part, may have its own ornament.
The motifs of the ornament can be from different areas and spheres, for example from geometry, fauna, flora; they may be the outlines of the human body or surrounding objects. The motive in the ornament is its part, its main element. The motive can consist of one element or of many, decorated in a single whole. Continue reading
The word “bonsai” is translated from Japanese, literally means – (sai) – plant, (bon) – in a low container. Many consider the birthplace of bonsai Japan, and this, a very common opinion is erroneous. In fact, this art appeared in ancient China, about 2 thousand years ago. There is no exact data on when the “bonsai” was born. The first documentary references about him are wall paintings in the tomb of Emperor Chang Hua of the Tang Dynasty (706). It depicts courtiers holding bonsai.
Ancient legends can tell us about the various histories of the origin of the art of bonsai. One of these legends tells that a certain emperor ordered to create a miniature copy of the whole empire in his courtyard. Continue reading
The great interest of people to manga can be explained by the simplicity and accessibility of the expression of artistic thought and ideological intent. Since the Japanese writing is complex and not unambiguous, the distribution and general popularity of manga is very logical. What is manga?
Manga is a special kind of Japanese art, in other words, these are stories in pictures called comics. The word “manga” was invented by the Japanese artist Hokusai Katsushika. In order to describe his drawings, he used two words: “man” – funny, and “ha” – pictures. Continue reading
The history of the tattoo has its roots in the distant past. The most ancient tattoos were discovered during excavations of the Egyptian pyramids. However, there is no evidence that these very tattoos were the very first. There is also evidence that tattoos existed in ancient China, Japan, northern Africa, Peru, northern America, ancient Greece, Rome, Indonesia, Altai, and many other countries.
The causes of the application on the skin are still a mystery. There is an opinion that the first tattoos were applied on the skin not on purpose. Continue reading