As you may have noticed from my latest stories, I have received a new package from Sure Design T – Shirts which I wanted to share with you. One of the items was this maxi long dress which I fell in love since I saw it on the website: www.suredesigntshirts.com / It was one size so it fits well to any kind of body shape and also the material is soft crinkled cotton which allows the dress to stretch and still stay loose enough. Since I have found Sure Design, I have fallen in love with crinkled cotton and I have also noticed that using more clothes made out of this material, makes my life easier! It’s a material that is machine washable no matter the prints, they will be just fine…but it also doesn’t need ironing. Well, since I’m living in Vietnam and here is always summer the whole year, it’s such an advantage to not iron clothes…if you know what I mean! You can find the exact same dress by the name “Women Lotus Mandala long tank dress in silver on black” on the website!
The mandala printed on the dress is made out of a silver ink which looks very clear and beautiful on the black background. For those who don’t know, “Mandala” is a Sanskrit which literally means “Circle” , a spiritual and ritual symbol. It can be defined as a geometric configuration of symbols that come from different traditional cultures of Asia especially found in Hinduism and Buddhism. They represent different aspects of the universe and are used as instruments of meditation and symbols of prayer. Mandalas can be understood externally as a visual representation of the universe and internally as a guide for several spiritual practices like meditation. The basic explanation of their form can be described as circles contained within a square and arranged into sections that are all organized around a single or a central point. And it is believed that by proceeding towards its center, you are guided through the cosmic process of transforming the universe from one of suffering into one of joy and happiness. They serve as a representation of the universe and a guide on the path to enlightenment.
Even today the mandalas are used in a variety of ways. In yoga, mandalas represent the same ancient ideals, signifying a sacred space to shut away external influences or the negative energy. Not only in spiritual practices, but also in Arts and Architecture, mandalas play a very magnificent part. We can find them also at the stained glass rose in gothic churches, Persian art, archeology, etc. I remember myself when I was very little that I used to draw circular shapes or flower petals one after another or in my notebook during classes when I was bored. Little did I know that I was drawing mandalas…I was just passing the time and anything seems much more interesting to do than following a boring class right? According to psychological interpretations creating mandalas helps stabilize, integrate, and re-order inner life because its symbolic nature can help one to access progressively deeper levels of the unconscious, ultimately assisting the meditator or creator to experience a mystical sense of oneness with the ultimate unity from which the cosmos in all its manifold forms arises.
“The mandala serves a conservative purpose – namely, to restore a previously existing order. But it also serves the creative purpose of giving expression and form to something that does not yet exist, something new and unique… The process is that of the ascending spiral, which grows upward while simultaneously returning again and again to the same point.”
– Jungian analyst, Marie-Louise von Franz
So if you like mandalas as much as me or if you’re looking for such comfortable and good looking clothes with spiritual, psychedelic and funky designs, check out: www.suredesigtshirts.com where you can find the world’s softest apparel collections. You can also use my discount code CIRCLEOFKURISU for 10% OFF your order! Free shipping for orders over 60 USD, very fast and safe straight from Bangkok, Thailand. As you can tell I highly recommend this brand!
Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed the dress! haha
Until next time,