Walking on the path of the ceramic export trade more than hundert years ago is a perfect way of passing the time in Galle, Sri Lanka. Next to Chinese and Japanese bowls and cups there are still pieces to find of the European ceramic trade market – made for the export to muslim nations between 1840 until 1930. One of the biggest companies, the Dutch Petrus Regout factory, produced big deep plates with a flower, crescent moon & star design. Made to please the Muslim market. And all the others.

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.