STAINED

 

IIn Joltai, Gagauzia, during the celebration of the village holiday.

As Italian, I don’t follow the Christian Orthodox religion and I also do not often wear skirts. Before my visit though, I had packed a flowery skirt and a tartan scarf to wear in the church of the village, as respect for the local use.
Once there, I felt quite uncomfortable with my improvised attire because the colors and patterns I had put together weren’t matching at all, and the result didn’t look like the festive best dress instead, it was rather strident.

I entered the church looking for images of the community gathered for the special day, and while standing in line my eyes kept constantly falling there, where the scarfs of the women met their shoulders and created, with their hair, hair-ornaments and colourful tops, a whole noisy anarchy of design.

I finally started to feel closer to their communion when got into photographing the subversive and variegated result of their (and my) conformity efforts.

 

 

stain /ste?n/ n.

  1. a discoloration produced by foreign matter having penetrated into or chemically reacted with a material;
    a spot not easily removed.
  1. a natural spot or patch of color different from that of the basic color, as on the body of an animal.
  1. a cause of reproach;
    stigma;
    blemish: a stain on one’s reputation.
  1. coloration produced by a dye that penetrates a substance, as wood.
  1. a dye made into a solution for coloring woods, textiles, etc.
  2. a reagent or dye used in treating a specimen for microscopic examination.

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