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Walking Distance - Amara Tabor Smith

ODC Theater - San Francisco

November 2014

Ritual Wear - Honoring the Ancestor Spirits

This  white egungun design is influenced by the  traditional Egungun costumes worn in Yoruba masquerades. Better referred as 'ritual wear', it is created to support the honoring of our spiritual connection with ancestor reverence, or to the ancestors themselves as a collective force.  


Created as an underlayer as seen in the video, the halter dress in nude mesh is embellished with a handpainted root/branch structure. The nude mesh symbolizes the naked purity of our essence while the branch/root structure depicts the "Tree" as that of the giver of life, oxygen, shelter and sustenance. The red drape symbolizes the monthly shedding to eventually arrive at the feminine core of earthly connection.

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