Our 2013 Fall-Winter women’s collection is inspired by the culture and mythology of India. We looked for inspiration in the temples and tales of warriors and divinities, but also in dancers and actresses. The “Eye Beams” video, which sets this collection to music, is a tribute to Bollywood culture and to traditional Indian dance forms, such as bharata natyam and kathak. Here are some explanations about the mudrās, these typical hand signs that can be seen in Indian choreographies and which give them so much meaning.
Mudrā (devanāgarï: मुद्रा, which means “sign”) is an ancient sanskrit term, taken from Vedic culture, but which is also found in Hinduism and Buddhism. A meaning is attached to every position: it often refers to the precise position of the hand of a person or a deity. There are mudrās for a single hand or for two hands and by combining them, a varied language can be created, which may be spiritual or may tell a story.
In the Western world, dance and Bollywood films have popularized the mudrā, with meanings that can vary. While some mudrās have only an aesthetic significance, most of them represent people, objects, animals, deities, as well as feelings and abstract concepts.
In Asia, many sculptures use mudrās to illustrate the life of Buddha, often associated with the mudrā of meditation. Buddha is often represented sitting with his hands in his lap, his right hand resting in his left, palms turned upwards with thumbs touching. The practice of mudrās can actually have a beneficial effect on the body and the mind and they are often associated with the idea of “yoga for the hands” because they stimulate the reflex zones of the fingers and hands. Associated with the chakras, they contribute to balance and they contain the energies of both yin and yang. For optimal relaxation, and especially for beginners, it is recommended that only one mudrā be practiced for several days, several times a day, while breathing through the nose. It is important not to have any tension in the fingers, and to keep the pressure very gentle.
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