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Feature

Issue 38

From cradle to grave, rituals bind communities and mark the transition from one life stage to the next. This winter, Kinfolk finds new routes through old rites and learns how to celebrate life through ceremony.

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She wears a jacket, skirt and belt by Miu Miu.

Miranda July

In Los Angeles, Miranda July talks to Robert Ito about pouring the fear, pleasure and unspoken weirdness of life into her genre-bending art.

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Vast, circular windows ensure that desert light illuminates Arcosanti's interiors, lessening the project's electricity consumption.

Home Tour: Arcosanti

Sci-fi lair, Mediterranean village, utopian ecosystem: Tim Hornyak peers inside Arizona’s experimental desert community.

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Rina Sawayama

In London, Stephanie Phillips takes a tour around the sweet, strange galaxy of glitter pop sensation Rina Sawayama.

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Khayamiya are used across the Middle East and North Africa to decorate tents for weddings and funerals. However, the appliqué technique is time-consuming and expensive, and has largely been replaced by digital printing. Since they first met three years ago, Barthélemy and El Safty have been working to revive the technique.

Winter Sun

Designed by Louis Barthélemy and crafted by Tarek El Safty, these decorative khayamiya marry Egyptian tradition with contemporary art.

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A RITUAL FOR A NEW HAIRCUT
Intention: To freshen, clean and protect your hair as it goes through a transition. Props: Olive oil, herbs, lemon. Ritual flow: 1. The morning before your haircut, get ready to take your last shower with your current hair style. 2. Before you do, take a small bowl of olive oil and mix in your favorite herbs—basil, mint, rosemary, sage or parsley. 3. Pour the oil and herbs over your head. Massage them into your hair. This is your protection mask before your cut. 4. After 20 minutes, take your shower and wash your hair. 5. Go to your haircut appointment. 6. When you come home, cut a lemon in half. 7. Squeeze it over your hair. This is the refresh.

NEW RITUALS

Ritual Design Lab suggests new rituals to mark the petty losses and small triumphs that pass without ceremony.

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SHEDDING SKIN

In her series Shedding Skin, photographer Yumna Al-Arashi offers an intimate insight into communal hammam traditions.

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Under the Illusion

Through the looking glass, a landscape of strange possibilities and proportions lies in wait.

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Max Richter

Meet the classical composer whose unornamented arrangements fill arenas.

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Photograph: Courtesy of Christine Guibert

Peer Review

Andrew Durbin, editor of frieze magazine, on the magnetic allure of writer and photographer Hervé Guibert.

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