The three pieces here are from Palestine, Bhutan and Vietnam respectively. They carry different tree patterns originated from West Asia, the Himalayas and a country with a long and narrow shape to keep those who wear them safe and sound. People in many different regions believe that trees can connect with gods, so put the tree patterns in a lot of things their beloved ones will wear in the hope to keep them from any harm.
Palestinians worship the mystical power of trees of life and feel protected putting something on with their patterns on. This traditional embroidered long blouse of women shows how a dress could transform from something that simply drapes on the body to a gown that fits the body shape perfectly. From the use of fancy thick silk fabric and cross-stitch, we know this dress might belong to someone from a rich family. Trees in geometric patterns add a hint of Islamic flavor.
Kira, the traditional dress for women in Bhutan is a combination of long-sleeve coat and sarong-like long skirt. The Kira is usually worn with a Wonju (long-sleeve blouse) inside and a rectangular piece of woven fabric outside into an ankle-length dress. It is wrapped and folded around the body and is pinned at both shoulders, usually with brooches. A Teogo, a short jacket could be added if it is cold. Trees of life’s geometric patterns and color tones with obvious Tibetan Buddhism style are incorporated on the Kira, while the brooches are carved with the pattern of wheel of dharma, wishing those who wear Kira safe and healthy.
The design of this babywearing from Vietnam shows traditional wisdom that allows mothers to carry babies either in the front or in the back. A variety of embroidery techniques have been put into use to create different patterns. The amount of intricate work shows just how much a mother cares for her baby. The tree patterns that have sacred power stay in the center, keeping the baby safe in the arms of love.