These paper vestments are inspired by traditional amuletic garments found in esoteric cultures of Islam and South East Asia. Adorned with sacred script and sigillic symbols they are used as talismans to bring attractions, prestige and protection to the wearer. Such garments were used for a variety of needs both material and spiritual. Ibn 'Ali al-Buni (d. 1225) calls these Talismanic shirts 'qamis' but they are also known as 'jama.' Paper vestments have been worn by beggars as well as sultans. In these embellished contemporary versions made by William Kiesel, the script is 'asemic' - a form of writing that while looking like a language is actually derived from the imaginal world.
Paper Vestment: Talismanic Robe of the Three Princes if the Spirits.
Botanical contact prints, torn, folded, glued and inscribed with sigillic script in noir carbon ink. $400.00
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