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DID you know that salt, cattle and even cowrie shells were once used as money? As it is, the word 'salary' comes from the Latin word I>salarium/I>, meaning 'of salt', and 'fee' comes from the German word for cattle. You can learn such interesting trivia on money matters at Trigometric, a currency specialist shop and gallery in Amcorp Mall, Petaling Jaya.
When pieces of clothing are lovingly created as pieces of art, there is no chance for profitable mass marketing. RUBIN KHOO reports.
Rare Chinese artworks are on display in Paris to commemorate a centuries-old relationship between two nations.
Last week, the Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, announced that the government would spend RM4mil to build an orang asli art museum in Selangor's Paya Indah Wetlands. MENG YEW CHOONG explores what this means for the future of the orang asli arts scene.
IT'S that time of the year again when a multitude of arts events happen across the Causeway. The Singapore Arts Festival 2004, which began on Friday and will continue until June 20, is back with some mouth-watering performances scheduled. Free of last year's subdued mood caused by concerns about SARS and security, this year's fest is offering some big names from around the world.
Where you and I might simply see a chair or table, Sir Humphry Wakefield discerns works of art. COLIN KHOO speaks to the eccentric aesthete about the timelessness of antique furnishing.
Peter Carl Faberge, royal jeweller of the last two Russian Czars, created exquisite masterpieces of jewellery that have enthralled collectors to this day. Each work of art is imbued with a sense of history and delicacy of design, setting a new standard in artistic excellence.
One of Russia#8217;s wealthiest tycoons put on display a famed collection of nine Faberge imperial eggs for the first time on May 18, after returning them to the nation in a lavish gesture seen as an effort to curry favour with the Kremlin.
Melium's Farah Khan, who already has a host of prestigious boutiques under her wings, has long dreamt of starting a collection under her own name. KEE HUA CHEE finds out why.