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A Charmed Life: The story of the Kolam

These beautiful designs are an act of faith, but who is the best kolam artist in Chennai?
Every morning at sunrise all across Southern India women practice the ancient art of drawing kolam on the thresholds of their properties. A physical form of prayer and symbol of protection, a daily exercise, and a moment of intense concentration and meditation, drawing kolam is an important household ritual that has a lot more to it than may first meet the eye.
Two very different women living in Chennai explain their shared passion for kolam, and their involvement in the local kolam competition.

Series created and produced by Daisy Walsh 
Filmed, directed and edited by Tom Martienssen and Luke André Jackson of Dustoff Films

A Charmed Life: The story of the Nazar

Nazars are believed to avert the evil eye, but how are they made and who uses them?
Since ancient times, sailors have believed that painting a blue eye onto their boats will protect them and ensure a successful voyage. 
In modern Turkey, fishermen continue this tradition by decorating their boats with the nazar boncuğu , eye shaped talismans made from blue glass. The nazars are used to ward off the evil eye and protect the believer from jealousy and ill will. 
The history and artistic importance of nazars is explained to us by UNESCO Living Human Treasure Mahmut Sür, who operates a traditional glass forge in the village of Nazarköy, and has just begun to teach women to make nazars for the first time.

Series created and produced by Daisy Walsh 
Filmed, directed and edited by Tom Martienssen and Luke André Jackson of Dustoff Films

A Charmed Life: The story of Worry Dolls

Can these traditional dolls really take a child's worries away?
Worry Dolls are small handmade dolls representing women dressed in traditional Guatemalan textiles, given to children to share secret worries with before bedtime. If you live in the shadow of an active volcano, you have lots to worry about, but can it really help?
Variations of this principle are used in the field of modern child psychology as it is believed to have real therapeutic benefits, but in Guatemala it's a long held tradition passed down through the generations.
 
Series created and produced by Daisy Walsh 
Filmed, directed and edited by Tom Martienssen and Luke André Jackson of Dustoff Films

Photo: Guatemalan worry dolls. Credit: BBC

A Charmed Life: The story of the Khmissa

This five-fingered symbol is well known throughout the world, but what is its history?
The Khmissa, also known as the Khamsa and the Hand of Fatima, is the symbol of the five-fingered hand well known across the Middle East and North Africa as a symbol of protection. The symbol is believed to be connected to a great many gods and faiths, but is most commonly ascribed to a female deity.
Aicha is an 84-year-old woman living on the edge of the Sahara desert, who believes her life was tragically affected by failing to heed warnings about using the Khmissa, but what does 16 year-old Majda believe? 

Series created and produced by Daisy Walsh
Filmed, directed and edited by Tom Martienssen and Luke André Jackson of Dustoff Films

Photo: The five-fingered symbol of the Khmissa Credit: BBC

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