Art ,  Iconography

What Is the Hamsa Symbol?

You may have spotted it in jewelry or in décor: a symmetrical hand which faces forward and is sometimes set with an eye. Known as the hamsa, this symbol has been around for hundreds of years. But what does...
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History ,  Iconography

What Is An Inukshuk?

If you travel around northern Canada, Alaska, or even Greenland, you may spot large rock formations towering over the landscape. But what are these massive rock piles and what do they represent? The Origin of Inuksuit An inukshuk (pl. inuksuit)...
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Bazaar ,  Crafts

A Handy Guide To Natural Fibers

On Cultural Elements, we’ve talked extensively about the different fabrics that come from around the world. And if you shop the website, you’ll notice accessories and apparel made of all sorts of materials. To help you navigate the how...
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