A box is delivered to a University of Copenhagen professor of cross-cultural studies while visiting family in Wiesbaden, Germany. When it is opened an eclectic collection of books, artifacts, envelopes, and cases are revealed. The box was discovered in the war ravaged section of Old Aleppo, Syria, by Nr. Nazim Azmeh the contact agent in Aleppo for HK, the owner and creator of the box. HK’s identity and gender are not known. All that is known of HK has been inferred from the contents of the box: an archaeologist hunting for artifacts, a collector of artifacts, a maker of artifacts. There are 30 books in the box.
This particular book is a photographic documentation in Arabic and English of 19th century Syrian fashion. It was created by HK for HK’s brother who is interning in a Paris fashion house. HK has highlighted in red various costume elements and the Arabic terms for the item. This book is complemented by the first volume of fabric samples: The Loom of Life: Syria’s Warp and Weft.
|Title||Dressing for the Noon Day Sun & Other cultural Costume Necessities|
|Artist/Creator||Elsi Vassdal Ellis|
|Press Name/Publisher||EVE Press|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Bellingham, Washington|
|Printing/ Reproduction Process||Epson C88+ DuraBrite Ultra inks|
|Book Structure/ Binding Method||Piano hinge|
|Medium/ Materials||Davey board, bamboo skewers painted brown and green|
|Paper Stock||Cougar Opaque Natural, 65# cover and 70# text|
|Number of Pages||26 pages|
|Dimensions (WxH) or (WxHxD)||4 x 6 x 1.25 inches.|
|Edition Size||1-10 as part of Desert Dreams: Explorations & Excavations of HK in Greater Syria; 11-25 sold individually with Hedi Kyle paper case.|