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A short walk on the streets and you will fall in love: with their food, their hats and bikes, their simple way of living and laughing and the vivid colors of their clothes.

You must find a way to discover Vietnamese food and lifestyle, you will simply love everything there!

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Another culture I want to share with you, another way of living and especially many amazing crafts to be discovered. Vietnamese culture it's surprising and intriguing, as Asia more often can be, a mixture of Asian culture with French elements, simple people but a sophisticated society, welcoming families and skilled women and men in so many traditional crafts.

This country is another piece of the Asian world that I've started to explore more than two years ago and I decided to share it, as MA RA MI is more about fashion and lifestyle, rather then only clothes, focused on world's nations and their traditions.

More will follow, highlighting the lifestyle, fashion, concept of living.

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Having the chance to start my academic career in no other country then The Philippines, it seemed to me the perfect excuse to add a new direction to my life. Or perhaps not totally new , but the same one in different clothes: more challenging, filled with great experiences, amazing people and discoveries.

The selection of pics bellow is meant to illustrate some of the Philippino crafts I discovered in my travels, like embroidery techniques kept from the Spanish ancestors or "pina" and "abaca" handweaving. Just a few people there are struggling to keep this crafts alive, in a country touched by the same illness like the rest worldwide: the lost of its identity.

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Imagine a country spreaded on over 7 000 islands, faraway in the Pacific Ocean... Let's say that only the sky changes minute by minute, from island to island, influencing every piece of life.

Now imagine how many influences shaped over the centuries their culture. So it's the perfect place to start my adventure, to dip my inspiration in this amazing blend of cultures, lifestyle, crafts, emotions.

I'll continue my exploration with South-East Asia and Middle East.

But until then, some pics from Baguio city, the first place I discovered here with of my first amazing students.

Enjoy!

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Faraway in the western Pacific Ocean, close to Taiwan and Vietnam, you will find a country like a necklace of islands (more than 7000!): Philippines.

2013 was the year to start my adventure in Asia, and I begun from the south-eastern part of the map. A young country, just like the wardrobe of a teenager: a mixture of modern and traditional, rich and poor, joy and sadness, humidity and heat.

My first pics from there, bellow, like a bracelet of astonishments.

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MA RA MI is a platform where crafts from different traditions become limited edition designs rendered through modern techniques, sustainable fabrics whilst preserving craftsmanship.

MA RA MI was created by the designer Andra Clitan in her desire to make a fusion between Romanian traditional costumes and different cultures from all over the world.

She studied fashion design at UAD Cluj (RO) and Central Saint Martins (UK), being inspired by her childhood stories from Transylvania and her later discoveries from different continents she visited, studied or lived in, like Asia, Middle East and Europe.

 MA RA MI has an important contribution in preserving traditional techniques and influences from many parts of the globe, creating exclusive designs and opening a new dialogue by developing self-sufficient and independent communities.

We are proud of our roots and culture, the great heritage of our ancestors, their stories and courage. The beauty of simplicity. We take these values and make them ours by reviving traditional craftsmanship, taking elements from traditional cuts and patterns, using modern techniques to tailor them into unique garments. You will see elements such as felt productions, hand weaved fabrics and different types of embroideries, especially from Transylvania, Romania.

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