Launched last month, Wafrica — Africa plus wa for Japan — has unveiled a range of kimono handcrafted in an array of African cotton fabrics that would seem to be a million miles from the subtle silks more commonly associated with traditional Japanese dress. Yet despite the orange comets and flashes of lightning tearing across a moss-green background, and the tribal swirls in colors that recall the sun-drenched African soil, the prints blend seamlessly into the kimono form before they surprise Japanese shoppers with their foreign origin.
The cultural cocktail is the brainchild of Serge Mouangue, a Tokyo-based concept- car designer for Nissan, who joined forces with Kururi, a Tokyo-based kimono- maker, to produce the traditional Japanese attire in 18 African prints sourced in markets from Nigeria to Senegal.
Serge Mouange introduces the WAfrica concept and kimono (Fashion show)
"C’mon, I’ll take you home."
Bypassing the papz via air!Kon
Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
His face when Belle looks at him. He knows he’s done a thing she wouldn’t agree with, with her actually quite skewed expectations at this point in the story. He feels like shit, and what does he do? Pulls on one of those old masks, cocky and sarcastic, to back up his lie and actions, because he feels like he’s the only one who’s going to back him up in this.
And y’know, I can’t blame him for protecting himself here, with the fixed video. Obviously, lying to Belle is the Wrong thing to do, but he’s seen how the heroes handle this situation. Again and again and again, the Charmings have overlooked the things Regina has done (while often at the same time coming down on him). And now that Regina has decided she’s one of the good guys (ahahaha *eyeroll*) and wants to redeem her sister? He’s busy just trying to exist while dealing with grief and trauma, and he sees the pattern repeating itself: Did Regina do a bad thing? Aw, poor misunderstood baby, let us pat you on the back and we’ll help you toward the light. Did Rumpel do a bad thing? Oh fuck no, let’s lock him up again! So yes, hell yes, he lied and altered evidence to hide that he’d killed the woman who made him her slave, and kept him like an animal in a cage for the better part of a year, and sexually assaulted him, and murdered his son. So they wouldn’t turn on him. Again. So yeah, another case of it not being a good thing he did, but understandable.
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