FLAG OF EGYPT

The flag of Egypt, (Egyptian Arabic علم مصر,  is a tricolor consisting of the three equal horizontal red, white, and black bands of the Arab Liberation Flag dating back to the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. The flag bears Egypt’s national emblem, the Eagle of Saladin centered in the white band.  The Free Officers who toppled King Farouk  in the

VELVET

Velvet is woven on a special loom that weaves two thicknesses of velvet at the same time.   The two pieces are then cut apart to create the pile effect, and the two lengths of fabric are wound on separate take-up rolls.   Velvet was expensive to make before industrial power

FLAG OF TIBET

The Tibetan flag, also known as the ‘snow lion flag and the ‘Free Tibet flag’, was a flag of the military of Tibet, introduced by the 13th Dalai Lama in 1912 and used in the same capacity until 1959. Designed with the help of a Japanese priest, it reflects the design motif of

BAMBOO

Bamboo bæm bu (Bambuseae) is a tribe of flowering perennial evergreen plants in the grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Giant Bamboos are the largest members of the grass family. In bamboos, the internodal regions of the stem are hollow and the vascular bundles in the cross section are scattered throughout the stem instead of in a cylindrical arrangement. The dicotyledonous woody xylem is also absent.

JANGAY

Janggay is a set of brass or silver fingernails worn by Bajao (Badjaw) women when dancing to enhance their already bent fingers.  There are short unadorned janggay nails and there are longer ones that are flower tipped.  (The fingernails also mimic the claws of the birds and is considered one of

CHIFFON

Chiffon, from the French word for a cloth or rag, is a lightweight, balanced plain-woven sheer fabric woven of alternate S-and Z- twist crepe (high-twist) yarns. The twist in the crepe yarns puckers the fabric slightly in both directions after weaving, giving it some stretch and a slightly rough feel.  Chiffon is made from cotton, silk or

PEARL

A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusc.   Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is made up of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers.  The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth,

PEACOCK UPDO

The Indian Peafowl or Blue Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) is a large and brightly coloured bird of the pheasant family native to South Asia, but introduced and semi-feral in many other parts of the world. The species was first named and described by Linnaeus in 1758. The name Pavo cristatus is still in use now. The male peacock is predominantly

THE FRENCH MAID

 In Nineteenth Century Britain, it was the fashionable thing among the wealthy for “Lady’s Maids” (personal maid who assisted a woman) to be French. The craze was such that some who could not find the genuine article instead hired English maids who spoke some French and gave them French names.

TARANTINO

Quentin Tarantino is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. His films have been characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject matter, and an aestheticization of violence that often results in the exhibition of neo-noir characteristics.  Kill Bill, a highly stylized “revenge flick” in the cinematic traditions of Chinese Martial Arts, spaghetti westerns and Italian

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