Every mid-summer, Armenians celebrate an ancient water festival called Vardavar, dedicated to the goddess of love, water and fertility Astghik (The Armenian equivalent of Aphrodite). Vart means "rose", and var means "up", symbolizing the rose offerings to the goddess. Also, one of her epithets is Voskemat, meaning "rose fingers".
During the conversion to Christianity, the glorious temples of Astghik were either robbed or destroyed, she received no rose offering for centuries to come. However, her festival was never uprooted from the Armenian unconscious, nor her symbolism. This tunic was inspired by that notion of uneraseable symbols from the collective unconscious. This design is a ritual obeisance, an unspoken suggestion of the collective human memory.
Size: L (Oversized)