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Limited Edition: Domingos Octaviano | Tunis - Yoga Mat

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The Tunisreise Collection - A letter by the artist

In 1914 Paul Klee, August Macke and Louis Moilliet went on a journey to Tunis. This would later become one of the most expressive artistic journeys in Art History. It is marked by a lot of discoveries specially by Swiss - born German painter Paul Klee who would later write on his travel book while describing his watercolors and color discoveries in Tunis “I am a painter!” in an affirmative way.I always work hearing my subconscious, letting the shapes and colors emerge from my inner self to the surface of the paper through my unique symbolic universe that is constantly in development with my surroundings and new discoveries.

At my working process the name of the artworks always comes in an intuitive way and it happens either on process, or after the process of painting, installing or sculpting is done. Several days after painting I gave a fresh look at them, and saw on those patterns and colors how the Tunisreise (Tunis Journey) influenced me in the past few years. It mixed my south American repertoire (the Sambaqui and the folkloric Brazilian culture) with a German immersive experience.

I also like the Reise (Journey) meaning, because in every yoga practice as in our lives it is all about the journey, at least for me. You can see some of my first symbols like the Sambaqui mountain (in the Tunis mat) or the stars and the moon, which are part of almost every composition. Composition is like poetry and painting is like a journey that you never know where it is going to take you...  but you know when each of them reaches the end, which is always a beginning.

The joy I had creating these materials aligned for me with the joy that  these 3 artists had while traveling through Tunis.

I hope you can travel through my shapes and colors and let them inspire you in your daily practice and routine.

Best regards, stay safe
Domingos de Barros Octaviano

 

- Size: 185cm x 60cm
- Weight: 1.2 kg
- Thickness: 5,2 mm
- Certified: STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX
- Material: Medical grade PVC, free of phthalates, heavy metals, AZO, DOP and latex
- Made in Germany, designed and printed in Athens

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Your mat is OEKO-TEX ® certified! This confirms Aladastra's commitment to a sustainable nontoxic production. The inks used in their printing are plant based and water-miscible, as a result discoloration will occur with use.With the passing of time your unique mark will become visible on the mat, reminding you of the sweaty hours dedicated to your practice. Please remember the grade of PVC used by Aladastra can be recycled up to 8 times so when the time comes to dispose think green.

 

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ALA D ASTRA
ALA D ASTRA - Philosophy & Bio Aladastra [Ala-d- Astra ] : translation: “pathway of stars”, composed by the words ala and astra. The word Ala has wonderful meanings in different cultures, in architecture though it signifies the small rectangular space before entering the altar of a temple. D’astra translates ‘of stars’ springing from ...

ALA D ASTRA - Philosophy & Bio

Aladastra [Ala-d- Astra ] : translation: “pathway of stars”, composed by the words ala and astra.

The word Ala has wonderful meanings in different cultures, in architecture though it signifies the small rectangular space before entering the altar of a temple.

D’astra translates ‘of stars’ springing from the ancient Greek word for star , Aster .

Just as yoga prepares you to enter the cosmic realm, your mat is your personal altar, a small celestial corridor on which you train your body and cleanse your mind and soul to enter peacefully a higher state of being.

The artworks on the mats have a threefold purpose. The first layer is the color palette. All colors have special powers and when combined can assist in the fine tuning of emotions. The second layer is the alignments. Patterns and lines that help you create mental notes on the placement of your limbs during Asanas. Through practice you will start placing yourself without having to double check your positioning, removing therefore an extra layer of control enabling you thus to let go, and in time become fluid. The third layer is comprised by their imagery and symbols. Although in total a beautiful composition is the end result every drawing on you mat has a different purpose, either an animal whose strong traits are accentuated, either a talisman that for centuries across cultures has been used for enlightenment, good luck and transmittance of positivity.

Ps: They have a surprise for you… everything about their mat is revealed in the small manual accompanying it… so go on discover the story of your mat layer by layer!

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