Award winning independent menswear and womenswear boutique, Disorder, has revealed its brand new summer collection.
Based around ‘Protection from the Evil Eye’, the Needless Alley boutique drew inspiration for this season’s T-shirt collection from Sixties Pschedia, the Ancient Kingdom of Bagan and the Hamsa, ‘Evil Eyes’, a palm shaped symbol recognised across the globe.
The photo shoot by Paul Ward features model Aiden Tielli – all designs are available to buy at Disorder Boutqiue on Needless Alley (Just off New Street).
The story behind the Hamsa
Popularised throughout the Middle East and North Africa, depicting the open right hand, the Hamsa is an image recognised and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, believed to provide defense against the evil eye. The symbol predates Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but is universally used in all cultures.
Levantine Christians refer to the Hamsa as the hand of Mary (Virgin Mary). Jews refer to it as the hand of Miriam in remembrance of the biblical Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron. In Islam, the Hamsa is called the Hand of Fatima, in honor of one of the daughters of the Prophet Mohammed. Some say that in Islamic tradition the five fingers represent the Five Pillars of Islam In Ottoman Turkish – this sign is called: ‘pence-i al-i aba’, with ‘pence’ meaning ‘hand’ or ‘five’, referring to the household of the Islamic prophet Muhammed.
The evil eye is a malevolent look that many cultures believe able to cause injury or misfortune for the person at whom it is directed for reasons of envy or dislike. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called “evil eyes”. The term also refers to the power attributed to certain persons of inflicting injury or bad luck by such an envious or ill-wishing look. The evil eye is usually given to others who remain unaware.