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MARGARITA !

DARINA!

A dancer life

TLAMANALLI

Heritage and

prehispanic flavors

RÊVE SENSUELLE

Being a woman

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WHEN FASHION !

MEETS ETHNIC!

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A z a i n

Gibran Azain Ongay Montalvo, Mexican musician, author of albums

like: Amoureux & Azain, has opened us the door to his

atmosphere, and I’m here to invite you to join us.

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is first album: Azain, has borned a year ago. It’s like a deep elfic forest, with

shades of death, fear, loneliness and a pure transcendental state of mind.

The first song of the album it’s called ‘’muh’’ which more than being a song It’s

an intro, that let us transcend our state of mind to this Azain atmosphere.

The album is made in a language that he invented, with greek declensions, that

appeared in two significant dreams for him.

This first album, it’s something that healed him, and helped him to put out all that was inside of

him, above all, all that imperceptible things that are inside of the subconscious. It was a

cathartic experience to him. Generally the entire project was a purgative to all his fears,

sorrows, to all his anxiety.

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The record talks a lot about death

From the death of his little brother in the third song, until the next one that talks about the

death of Baldr, a Nordic God that had been killed by his brother. Or even the sixth one,

‘’Phaudumun’’, that means phantoms. Or the seventh one, that is a long and so deep

lamentation, or the eleventh one, that is the title of a burial mass.

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Going from death to loneliness with songs that talks about a man who’s a tree and he can ever

fall in love because he is part human, part tree… just going around alone, songs that also tell us

the history of a woman-bird, who has no arms because of her wings, precluding her to bond with

other humans, even with birds; This project it’s a unique experience you should not private

yourselves to live.

by. Mishel de la Torre

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Tlamanalli

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Heritage and prehispanic flavors…..

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Teotitlan del Vallle,

town located at 31 kms from

Oaxaca city, it is known as the main

Oaxaca rug-weaver´s town.

Teotitlan is also the place where

we can find one of the most

recognized and traditional

restaurant in Mexico. It was called

by New York Times as the 1 of 10

best restaurants in the world in

1993, the Mendoza’s sisters

restaurant “Tlamanalli”.

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Tlamanalli is running by 3 sisters, but the Chef in charge is Abigail Mendoza, the eldest. She

started to learn about zapoteco kitchen (regional and prehispanic food), watching her mother.

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Like many Oaxacan girls, she started at the age of 5, helping in the kitchen, cleaning and making

the fire. At the age of seven, she was ready to grind corn on the “metate” (volcanic stone),and

with 12 years old she was ready to make good tortillas, and a year later she was preparing

perfect “Tejate”.

From her parents, she learned many secrets about zapoteco kitchen, most of them, oral

knowledge. She grew up learning about textures, flavors, herbs, grains, fruits, spices and meats.

Her passion for the kitchen took her to explore more elaborated dishes like the famous “mole

zapoteco”, “Segueza”, “tamales de amarillo” and many prehispanic dishes.

In 2005, Abigail prepared “Chocolate atole”, a prehispanic beverage, “Tejate” (refreshing

chocolate beverage), among other dishes, for the UNESCO Congress in Paris, to postulate the

Mexican Food as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The effort of Mexican chefs and

people like Abigail achieved in 2010 that the Mexican cuisine was declared with this honor.

If you are considering to come to Mexico, I really recommend you to visit Oaxaca.

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Here some dishes:

Mole Zapoteco (Zapotec –style mole with chicken)

Sopa de flor de calabaza con quesadilla. (Zucchini flower soup)

Mole negro de pollo con arroz (Oaxacan mole style with chicken)

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Segueza de Pollo Prehispánico (Chicken in tomato chile sauce with dried corn and hoja santa)

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Nicuatoli (corn jelly)

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Don´t miss the opportunity to go to Teotitlan del Valle, and

have a delicious lunch in a beautiful place called Tlamanalli

restaurant. Meet the most famous zapoteco cook Abigail. She

will cook for you in her traditional open kitchen just in front

of your eyes, in the mean time you can taste the magical

“mezcal” (even more delicious than tequila itself), and

original guacamole coming with blue ground tostadas

absolutely delicious!

by. Yinya Enaka"

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Margarita Darina

The bellydancer

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Margarita has been

dancing from 7 years

old. She finished

dancing school at the

age of 16. She danced

Russian folk, jazz and

contemporary dancing.

In 2008 Margarita

worked with contract in

5-star hotel in Allepo,

Syria.

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She was the winner of

Oriental Passion

Championship 2010

( Professional category)

in Athens and Nile

Group festival in Cairo,

Egypt in June 2010. In

June 2011 she

performed her show

with live band at the

‘Opening Gala’ of Nile

Group Festival.

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Today Margarita Darina is one of the most sought-after

performers of Egyptian dance all over the world. She is

teaching, judging and performing in highlight cultural and

dance events in Russia and all over the world.

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1. how you become a dancer?"

I am passionate about dancing,

especially bellydancing. I have

been deeply inspired by my

education in dance and the

opportunities I have had to work

.I received formal education

since I was 3 years old. and

learnt folk Russian and modern

dances. At college I was into

Arabic dancing. I went to Egypt

to learn authentic Arabic way of

dancing particularly Egyptian." "

I studied Arabic dance and fell

in love with .My work in Syria

changed my life completely. I

loved Midle Eastern culture and

lifestyle, Oriental music and

Dance for all my life."

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2 what is you dream in the life?"

Dream is a great and very

powerful thing. Once I dream to

win the Nile Group Festival in

C a i r o . I t h o u g h t i t w a s

impossible, but I worked hard

and did my best. And I became

the 1st winner. John D.

Rockefeller dreamt to earn 100

thousand dollars and die at the

age of 100 years old. But he earned 192 billion dollars and died when he was 97.

Not all dreams come true:)"

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3.how do you keep chic?"

Thank you for the compliment. I'm sure that you are born chic or not. Of course I

should keep it somehow but this characteristic to my mind is very personal. It

comes natural to me"

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4.which are your best vacations?"

The vacations are the best thing in the world. I choose the country where I would

like to stay for a month and experience the life of locals. The Dominiucan Republic

was real rest for me with lot of dancing and activities. My love for bachata started

there. Winter in New York was unforgettable too with lots of entertainments, new

friends and also dancing."

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5.How do you stay

healthy?"

As everyone I try to

m a i n t a i n h e a l t h y

lifestyle. I try to eat

healthy food, sleep

and do exercise. But

i t ' s n o t s o e a s y

because of my work I

try to find balance

between work, dance,

rehearsals, and

working out."

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6.how is a normal day

in you life?"

I would not call my life

normal.. Now I travel

too much teaching at

different festivals in

Russia and abroad.

When I'm at home I

start my day in a gym,

I do my routine work,

for example answering

e-mails, and at 3 p.m. I

go to my studio for

trainings." "

I teach and manage

classes for men and

women of all ages at

two dance studios."

I like movies and

basketball. If I have

free evening, ."

I enjoy catching a

good movie or gong to

a bball game."

7.How do you describe your personal style?"

I think you can see my personal style in my photos. I feel fortunate to meet

photographer who could express my personality in pictures. As for my personal

style in dancing, I suppose that everything is important for a dancer. I mean

technique, dress and image. But only your eyes can tell the story. they are

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When fashion meets ethnic

When people hear the word fashion they

usually use to think about luxurious and fashion

branding names, but it is actually more than that.

Since long time ago people in little communities

(especially from Latin-America) have created this

amazing and natural designs that are fabricated a

100% percent by the hands of the human and

manufactured with just the most natural and

creative materials. For example: Oaxacans (from Mexico) makes a whole pigmentation

process with the “grana cochinilla” that it’s a kind of beetle who lives in

the prickly pear and when you smashes it segregate an authentic

color. All this just for print this colors on cotton threads and make

amazing fabrics with this for clothing or rugs. Another case are the

Peruvians who creates the “poncho” now showed by many collections

like Burberry Prorsum, the Peruvian ponchos are made by young

alpaca wool and helps them to get very cozy and warm for the weather

of the mountains.

Since that moment, the fashion labels and designers have been looking

for make an original and different variety of fabrics, many of them also collaborate with

artisans from different countries. Why? Because in the runways we always saw this typical

and super expensive silks and taffetas that people is very into all the time and wear one of

these pieces would definitely make you look original, colorful and the most important thing

“super chic”. The amazing thing about these fabrics it’s that preserves a little piece of

culture with it; it supports the artisans and helps their economy. People definitely love it

because it is really colorful, comfortable and cozy. Even when it’s just an inspiration the

fashion labels give and amazing twist to the fabrics cause natives just make simple

designs to make them survive the extreme climate the live in, Stella McCartney is one of

the most eco-friendly designers around the globe she’s

always worried about how to help the planet so she works

alongside with a group of

Peruvians for create this amazing

wool fabrics for her fall 2014

collection.

Bottega Veneta men moccasin

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Vivienne Westwood is another one that supports this cause, the

Britain fattale worked with a group of African women for creates

this whole collection inspired by them too, so the result of this

mix is a crazy fall looks that remind us the African communities

in all of the aspects, even in the make-up.

And after this the ethnic inspirations and collaborations percolate

in more than 20 collections around the word, another awesome

fact about this is that this clothing kind of line is more accessible

(but just a little) than the other regular collections.

In Mexico we have the lucky of have super creative artisans in

every single state that makes different proposals for fabrics and

home décor, that’s the reason of many of the Mexican designers

that works really close with this native people a create amazing

stuff.

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Pink Revolver

necklace

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In a very Humboldt opinion I definitely invite you to meet these new

collections that are changing the typical vision of fashion, because

you would be supporting a very good cause, you would be enjoying a

genuine product and also you will find a very comfortable way to

connect with the roots of a cultural tribe and to the costumes of a

region.

by. Alex Meixueiro

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