Makara (Original Design)
Pet Shop of Horrors
Last Updated: 04-17-2007
My father is terminally ill, and I went to visit him for the first time in many years. I took my cosplay notebook with me and showed him - he seemed really proud of it. I like doing Petshop cosplays because most of the designs are very ethnic - very Laotian, very Indian, etc, etc., so I asked him if there had been an opportunity, what culture he would have liked to have seen. He answered "Tibet". I thought about this for a while and looked through all the volumes of the manga, and there is a Tibetan character (the Lhasa Apso) but you don't see much of her, nor is she terribly exciting to look at. So I started thinking some more, and started researching online the culture, textiles, and mythical creatures of Tibet and came across the Makara. It's a pet Count D didn't have but should have - sort of like a Capricorn but more dragonish than goat. Sooo... I'm working on an original design of a pet Makara that would be worthy of being in D's shop. I'm hoping that I can make it everything that it can be, and that my dad will have a chance to see it.
(EDIT: My father did not live to see it completed, passing away 04/05/07. He took a portion of the fabric with him when he was cremated, so this costume will forever be linked to my father.)
I haven't gotten very far with it yet, but I think my favourite aspects will be that it's based on a water-creature, so the colours I'm using will be soothing colours. It'll also be very therapeutic working on something since this is such a stressful and upsetting time, and it will be something that will remind me of my father, whether he remains with us or not.
(EDIT: He didn't but he got to see parts of it, and to touch the fabric a few days before he passed. That makes me feel very much at peace.)
The easiest thing about this costume: Deciding that I wanted to do this for my father. I want to give him the opportunity to see a little corner of the world he would have liked to visit. I feel driven to make this, but it feels RIGHT.
The hardest thing about this costume: That this costume doesn't arise from a better situation. Also, overcoming the sadness that I will feel running through the very fibres of this costume when I wear it. There will be a lot of love in it as well, and I hope that will outshine the sadness.
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