My mothers cloak by Malika

large latte/tea cup


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My mothers cloak by Malika

A few months ago, I discovered; there is a part of my mothers’ legacy I didn't know existed. I called my sisters and aunts in Morocco and France, and they told me where I had to go to find it. Turns out: it wasn't in Morocco, where my mother was born, or The Netherlands where she died. I had to go to Metz, France and visit my sisters’ home.
Before my mother married my father, and had her 4 daughters, she wove 4 cloaks. We call them 'tihandirin'. Berber-women wear them during the cold winters in the Atlas Mountains. They are made of wool and colored with natural products. My mother made 4, because she somehow knew she would have 4 daughters whom she would leave in an early stage, my father told me. Making us a cloak with her own bare hands, then wear it a little while so it would smell like her to finally cover each cloak in some wool so that the smell would always remain in the cloak, would make us feel her closer than ever. And that was exactly the case, when I got my cloak last night, on Mother's Day. I could smell her, after 16 years. And for a few seconds, she was there with me. It was beyond magical.


Story by: Malika
Illustration by: Studio Ravivo
Dimensions: H 10 cm x ø 9 cm
Color: Grey

About this cup

This large Latte/Tea cup is produced at Studio Cor Unum. Designer Charlotte Landsheer worked out a solution for left over clay in the Cor Unum studio by re-using clay and glaze. The inside of the cup has glaze, the exterior is industrial and dusted. The result is a cup with a basic, firm and rugged look. The producing method makes every cup unique with a constant variation in a matted greyscale pallet. The perfection of imperfection as Lotte Landsheer puts it. And this fits how we like to view the world and it’s people.

Because of the use of high temperature, the cup is water resistant, strong and microwave and dishwasher safe.

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