From a long tradition, these cribs from Cracow in south Poland were made of glossy paper and cardboard, which are more reminiscent of architectural models than of the usual nativity scene. Their shapes are inspired by the medieval architecture of Krakow, buildings such as the Marienkirche or the Wawel Castle. This particular kind of nativity scene developed in the 19th century, when the nativity play could be booked as a “show insert” by rich citizens at home.

King Ludwig II of Bavaria was also called the Swan King, Mad King or fairy tale King. He built three castles, one of them the famous Neuschwanstein castle. He said: “I want to remain an eternal mystery to myself and others.” He definitely achieved it.

India/Gujarat: Patan Patola is a double ikat textile, that means both, the warp and the weft, are dyed before the weaving. As a result patterns and colours are extraordinary vibrant and elaborate.  With such thin silk thread it takes a lot of time and it´s an extreme test of precision and planning. A sari starts around 10 000 $.

Kutch/Gujarat/India: The walls of this Meghwali roundhouse in Hodka village in Kutch are constructed with whitewashed mud and dung and a lot of mirrors. Normaly the toran is hanging above the door, here he´s  protecting the inhabitants agains the devils coming out of the TV.