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Monday, August 03, 2009

The Secret of Silk at Second Sighting

TRIBE mas camp unceremoniously opened their mas camp today at noon for costume viewing, it was great that this fact was not announced as when I arrived there were only a few people looking at costumes with more arriving later.

Ok, some things to note:

*Most sections come with two REGULAR headpiece options. The regular costumes come with the smaller headpieces not shown at the launch(with the exception of Threads of Morocco, Fire Silk and Silk of Rajasthan) and there is the option to upgrade to the bigger headpiece. At the mas camp the small headpieces are displayed on the top row of mannequin heads, and the larger headpieces to the bottom.

*click on all photos for large view

*There are no front line costumes on show at the mas camp.

*Most sections come with jewelery as displayed, Silk of Rajasthan has loads of bangles and lovely ear rings, while Osage also has some very nice jewelry.

*No prices are up on any of the costumes.

*There are no male costumes on display.

*I was informed that the website should be up tomorrow.

*Serica was not on show when I arrived so I do not have close up photos of this section.

As for the costumes my initial sentiments still remain the same for the most part, (though I did like more than half of the sections even with my critical review) however I will say all sections look pretty under the lights and displayed at the mas camp. Most of the headpieces have lots of diamante and gems used as decoration, I don't think I saw any with generic braid!

I am really liking the small headpiece option for Habotai with the side sweep of feathers (ignoring the chop sticks) as well as the small headpiece option for Eri which is all white feathers and diamante. The choice of large and smaller headpiece I am sure will put the costumes within most people's budgets as well as caters to those who do not like having a large headpiece. Hopefully this will encourage masqueraders to wear their headpieces and not leave them at home as some do!

Mulberry and Habotai bras are both covered in silk fabric, a very nice detail which I wish was used on Charmeuse which is my number one pick after the mas camp viewing for a regular costume. If the bra was covered in silk with the four rows of diamante it would be another perfect costume for me. Inspite of the silk I still think the bras could use something extra, especially on the frontlines, some crystals embedded in the silk maybe? I would add that as an extra if I were playing frontline in those sections.

Charmeuse is gorgeous in person, I love the belt and the embellished pieces that attaches to the bra. It looks adjustable for different torso lengths. I also like the use of fabric on the headpiece and belt. Mulberry has some rich looking oriental jewelry work on the belt and headpiece, my favourite part of that costume. Mystery of Loulan is also lovely in person, not as much colour as Charmeuse though, but I like the chunky stones used on the belt as well as that pop of turquoise on the headpiece.

Osage and Tyrian Purple both are pretty costumes, the orange in Osage is ORANGE not peach as some people thought after looking at the photographs. Silk of Rajasthan uses the bells found on Indian jewelry to decorate the headpiece, belt and bra so those in this section will be making the ching ka ching ching noise as well!

Overall the costumes look good in person, I still have my favorites and those that my opinion did not change on after seeing them up close. I am sure people can find more than one section to put down on their list of choices. So for those of you who cannot make it to the mas camp, take a look at the photos:

TRIBE The Secret of Silk Close Ups

Say what!?

Imagine my surprise when looking for footwear that I stumbled upon this website which is advertising that they manufacture Carnival Costumes, Brazilian Carnival Costumes to be exact with a photo of TRIBE's 2009 section Spangled Cotinga in their header!

Explore the site some more and they are also advertising Bird of Paradise, Green Honey Creeper, Pheasant as well as a section from Poison 2004, Golden Cockfight!

They even have Spice costumes advertising on another website:

Best part of all is their quote ofr $30-90US per costume and that they take TT/Western Union!!

I was reliably informed that none of the costumes advertised here were manufactured in China or by this company, which makes it even more interesting as this company has gone so far as to watermark the costume photos as their property!

It is just amazing to me that this company is so blatantly stealing costume designs using photos right off TRIBE and Poison's website and passing them off as their own... just amazing! Hopefully the bands that have been plagiarized have some sort of patent or copyright and can take the necessary action to have these photos removed.

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