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The Droplet: a project by Lola Tillyaeva to raise awareness about water scarcity

The Droplet: a project by Lola Tillyaeva to raise awareness about water scarcity

Many people associate Lola Tillyaeva with her innovative perfume house, The Harmonist. A niche perfume maker, The Harmonist has risen to prominence partly due to its unconventional approach of using the timeless wisdom of feng shui to guide its perfume creations. Lola believes feng shui’s aim of harmonizing the energies of the Earth’s five elements enhance the production of complex, yet finely balanced fragrances. While talking about The Harmonist recently, Lola said:

Our clear ethos of balance and well-being underpins everything we do; in a world that can often seem chaotic and confusing, people are drawn to the harmony that radiates from our perfumes.”

However, Lola Tillyaeva’s affinity with water runs much deeper. Lola is genuinely concerned about the rapidly worsening water crisis, a fear shared by the United Nations. The problem affects every single continent, and a consequence of this reality is the growing risk of armed conflict between nation states over access to scarce water sources – a scenario termed ‘water conflicts’.

As urgent as this message is, Lola Tillyaeva knew she would struggle to reach an audience in today’s world dominated by the relentless 24-hour media cycle. To overcome this challenge, she harnessed the power of art and created The Droplet. Taling about her project, Lola said:

“I believe that art has an incredible capacity to inspire, encourage and unite   people around a cause, due to its ability to touch the human soul. That is why we harness the power of art as a means to raise public awareness of issues relating to global warming and climate change.

The Droplet is a showstopping spectacle. It is 12 meters of gleaming aluminum tubing in height, and 6 meters at the base. Forming a stylized droplet of water, the art installation is designed to shroud itself in a fine mist and grabs attention everywhere it goes. The work of artist Marcos Lutyens and fabricator Scott Froschauer from the Institute for Art and Olfaction, The Droplet creates “a unique multisensory art installation.” Exhibited in different cities including Paris and Barcelona, the installation never fails to generate debate and it inspires action. Lola Tillyaeva said that, “by engaging the participants through sound, smell and touch as well as visually, The Droplet naturally opens the way for discussions on water conservation and management.”

Lola Tillyaeva’s commitment to the environment also extends to her business operations. She works hard to limit the environmental impact of her perfume house. Her products make use of “recyclable materials at every possible touchpoint, from perfume bottles and deluxe packaging to the vegetal wax candles.” She also makes refills available for every product in The Harmonist’s perfume range to minimize the consumption and waste of resources.

The Droplet and The Harmonist are both wonderful examples of Lola Tillyaeva’s commitment to protecting the environment.

 

La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan: a cultural bridge between Central Asia and Europe

La Maison de l’Ouzbékistan: a cultural bridge between Central Asia and Europe

Though Lola Karimova now spends her time between Europe and North America, her connection to her homeland remains strong. Promoting Uzbekistan’s rich cultural heritage is one of her passions.     Recently, Lola Karimova Tillyaeva opened the doors to La Maison de l’Ouzbekistan, a gallery located in downtown Paris. Having served for many years as Uzbekistan’s permanent… Continue Reading

‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ a new project supported by Lola Tillyaeva

‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ a new project supported by Lola Tillyaeva

The Karimov Foundation has recently launched a new project promoting Uzbekistan’s rich culture, this time through fashion. ‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ is the latest of many initiatives from the activist, entrepreneur and philanthropist Lola Karimova Tillyaeva. ‘Fashion in Uzbekistan: Yesterday and Today’ is an exhibition exploring how fashion has evolved since the 1960s.… Continue Reading

10 Writers of Turkic Literature You Need to Know About

10 Writers of Turkic Literature You Need to Know About

Central Asian Turkic literature is defined as the written and oral literary traditions of people from the region that encompasses what we now call Uzbekistan, as well as Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and some parts of Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Over the centuries, the people of Central Asia have produced sublime works of literature in a range… Continue Reading

Spotlight on 5 of the World’s Most Beautiful Scents

Spotlight on 5 of the World’s Most Beautiful Scents

Throughout recorded history, people have adorned themselves with perfumes and essential oils that convey deeply meaningful senses of individual personality. The perfumer’s art on display in products from The Harmonist features scents such as rose, oud, vetiver, patchouli, and sandalwood, among other classic perfume notes. These ingredients are derived from the finest sources around the… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about the Savitsky Collection

What You Need to Know about the Savitsky Collection

Uzbekistan’s northwestern region is home to one of the country’s most extraordinary museums. The Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art—also called the Nukus Museum, after its home city, or the Savitsky Collection, after its founder—features one of the world’s largest collections of avant-garde Russian art, as well as a wide range of both contemporary and folk… Continue Reading

Spotlight on the Suzani – The Beautiful Art of Uzbek Embroidery

Spotlight on the Suzani – The Beautiful Art of Uzbek Embroidery

Derived from the Persian word for needle, a “suzani” is a type of decorative traditional textile that is made in Uzbekistan and other Central Asian countries. The exquisitely embroidered cloth pieces, which feature vibrant color combinations and intricate needlework techniques, have been made by Uzbek women and girls for centuries. Read on to learn more… Continue Reading

A Look at the Amazing History of Uzbek Cinema

A Look at the Amazing History of Uzbek Cinema

For Western audiences who are only just starting to discover Uzbek films—a phenomenon due in large part to some high-profile retrospectives that have been appearing at international film festivals and theaters in the last few years—it may come as a surprise to learn that cinema in Uzbekistan is in fact a tradition that stretches back… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about Fragrance Composition

What You Need to Know about Fragrance Composition

If you peruse the descriptions of the different signature scents from The Harmonist, a new maison de parfum that draws inspiration for its fragrances from the ancient Chinese philosophy of feng shui, you’ll see references to “top notes,” “middle notes,” and “base notes.” But what exactly do these classifications mean, and how do they relate… Continue Reading

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