DICTIONARY OF PRODUCTS’ NAMES – LAUNCH MARCH 2018

COLLECTION LE CHANT DU KAYAPÒ


. REGARDS CROISÉS – M180

“Regards Croisés” is named in reference to the long « couture » lines of its design: two-coloured paths made by means of digital printing techniques, intersect on the soft, velvety base.

. ARBRE DE SONGES – M181

“Arbre des Songes” refers to trees in the Amazon Rainforest, such as the Ayahuasca, used in the preparation of brews used in special ceremonies by the shamans of the indigenous people of the Amazon Basin. These drinks, made from lianas and fresh bark, modify your perception of reality, causing visions, hallucinations and periods of “wakeful dreaming”.

. ANACONDA – M182

The small, mottled pattern on the Anaconda velvet recalls the skin of the legendary, gigantic snake of the Amazon Rainforest. Despite the myths fired by the collective imagination, the anaconda is not a venomous species.  It is a constrictor, equipped with powerful jaws, with which to seize its prey and drag it underwater.

. PEINTURES DE PAIX – M183

The colours and symbols painted of the skins of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon are very often specific to each ethnic group or tribe.  They are well-known for covering themselves in words or a language. Their faces and bodies tell the story of their beliefs, their ceremonies, the milestones in their lives, those held dear to them and above all, a sense of belonging.

. PERLES DU DÉSERT – M184

After the rainy season, when the air is once again hot and dry, a strange phenomenon can be seen in the Lençois Maranhenses National Park, a desert region in northern Brazil.  The desert become a sea of sand and blue lagoons.  The rainwater collects in the valleys of the dunes, forming “perles d’eau” in which you can swim.

. O RIO CANTA – M185

In Portugese, the official language of Brazil, “O Rio Canta” means “the river sings”.  In the heart of the Amazon Basin, long before you see it, you can hear a low, rhythmic rumbling which indicates the Amazon River, the largest and most powerful river on Earth.  Anecdote : the average flow at its mouth is as much as that of the next six biggest rivers together.

. CHERCHEURS D’OR – M186

“Chercheurs d’or” is the name given to gold miners searching for gold dust or nuggets in rivers, such as the Amazon.  This gold comes from the erosion of ancient veins in the mountains.  The precious metal appears in the form of tiny flakes which the gold panners call the “starry sky” in the bottom of their pans.

. LA PLUME DU TOUCAN – M187

The toucan is a beautiful bird found in the Amazon Rainforest, known for its long and highly-coloured beak. Interesting fact : this prominent feature, as well as being used for eating seeds and insects, is also used to regulate the bird’s internal temperature, rather like an elephant’s ears (but four times more efficiently)  Another fact which will not disappoint you : during the mating season the male attempts to attract females by putting on a courtship display….an extremely noisy one.

. AIME – M188

“Aime” is a delightful homophone : its pronunciation (in French) is the same as the “M” of Misia Paris.  It is also the name given to that enigmatic literary muse, Madame M.  M for Mysterious, M for Magnetic… M for Misia.

. PARURE PRÉCIEUSE – M189

During official ceremonies, members of South American tribes dress in accordance with the codes of their clan. Their ceremonial dress can be decorated with feathers, leather, ivory (from the tropical ivory palm), sometimes precious metals or gems, as well as woven plants.

. BALLET DES COLIBRIS – M190

The hummingbird is a record breaker.  In downward flight, its wings can beat up to 200 times per second.  It is also the only bird to be able to fly in all directions, even backwards and…upside down.  It visits one thousand flowers each day to eat the equivalent of its own body weight, its heartrate can reach 1200 beats per minute.

. ELDORADO – M191

Green Eldorado, Land of Emerald, the Lungs of the Planet… the Amazon rainforest has been given many names. Covering an area ten times greater than France, it is the largest tropical rainforest in the world. It covers almost a third of the South American continent.

. L’ENCHANTERESSE – M192

“L’Enchanteresse” is a name which befits the Amazon, the longest river on Earth.  Under the midday Sun, in the sweltering heat and humidity of the Amazon Basin, its waters flow, relentlessly, sparkling like yellow ochre.  In moonlight, the waters transform into a river of sparkling silver.

TRIBU DE L’AUBE – M193

In certain Amazon belief systems, it is said that the peoples of the Amazon rainforest were created at the dawn of time.  They witnessed the birth of the cosmos, water, the air, the forest, the animals.  All these elements are closely linked, and form, in their conscience, an inseparable whole.

. TERRE DES REMÈDES – M194

The Amazonian rainforest is home to the greatest diversity of trees and medicinal plants on the planet.  Twenty-five percent of pharmaceutical drugs used in medicine today come from this forest.  In addition, less than one percent of the species of the Amazon rainforest have been studies and tested. Does the jungle hold the cure for all our ailments?

. LA FLÈCHE DE CURARE – M195

Poisoned darts are still used in hunting by hunter-gatherers all over the world, and especially in South America.  Curare, extracted from vines in the Amazon rainforest, is a poison which causes muscular paralysis in animals. 

The meat can still be eaten, as curare is not poisonous when ingested.

. TENDRE IPANEMA – M196

Ipanema is a chic and trendy neighbourhood in the Southern district of Rio de Janeiro, and the « Tendre Ipanema » design is inspired by the stone mosaic paving that decorates the promenade of its legendary, world-famous beach. Inspired by Portuguese paving, this pavement is a creation of the Brazilian architect Roberto Burle Marx, who also created the stone mosaics for Copacabana beach.

. TERRA BRAZIL – M198

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, preceded by Russia, China, the United States and Canada.  It encompasses almost half of the South American continent, and shares a border with ten of the twelve other South American countries.  The country is also home to one third of the Amazon rainforest.

. SALVADOR DE BAHIA – M199

In the Brazilian town of Salvador de Bahia, the “Fitinhas do Bonfim” are small multi-coloured ribbons which can be bought everywhere, the pride of the Bahian people.  In January, during the religious festival of “Nosso Senhor do Bonfirm” its inhabitants make three wishes whilst they circle the church of the same name.  The lucky ribbons are tied around their wrists with three knots.  When the ribbon wears and falls off, the wishes are said to have been granted.

. ETHNIAS – M201

Brightly coloured in shades of blue, pink and yellow, “Etnias” is the biggest mural in the world measuring two hundred metres in length.  It was created in Rio de Janeiro by the street-artist Eduardo Kobra, for the 2016 Olympic Games.  The mural represents an indigenous tribe from each continent : the Mursis of Ethiopia, the Karens of Thailand, the Tapajos from Brazil, the Samis of Europe and the Huli from Papua New Guinea.

. RÉINCARNATION – M202

Certain South American tribes believe in reincarnation, the journey of the soul from one life to the next. The form they take in their next lives is not necessarily human.  According to their beliefs, there are ceremonies which allow family members to reunite from one life to the next, preserving their memories of previous relationships.

. IDYLLE A RIO – M205

Surnommée la Cité Merveilleuse, Rio de Janeiro est une ville brésilienne mondialement connue pour son carnaval, ses plages, ainsi que la statue du Christ Rédempteur au sommet du Corcovado. Elle renferme aussi un jardin idyllique pour les néophytes, le « Jardim Botanico » : un parc botanique à la végétation luxuriante, dans lequel oiseaux exotiques et singes gourmands se donnent la réplique.

. MATA-MATA – M206

La tortue MataMata est une espèce emblématique du bassin amazonien et de l’Orénoque (Colombie et Venezuela). Elle a suscité la curiosité de nombreux scientifiques du fait de sa carapace sombre et cornue, aux écailles épineuses. Les guerriers de certaines tribus amérindiennes d’Amazonie arborent des masques de bois sculpté imitant la carapace de ces tortues.

. CHANT DES ESPRITS  – M207

Les tribus amérindiennes cultivent un lien très étroit avec les esprits. Afin d’éviter que leur espace social ne se fasse envahir par le domaine naturel et sauvage, de nombreuses cérémonies, dans lesquelles interviennent parures, danses et chants, ont lieu afin d’établir un contact constant avec la nature et d’apaiser les esprits.

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