Old meets new!
The slow, ethical fashion movement is growing and it's exciting!
I love an ethnic inspired piece of clothing and have a plan to incorporate ethically made, organic, sustainably made pieces to the range and I'm super pumped about that. #watchthisspace
As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm passionate about traditional textiles because in many cultures it's being replaced by copied, mass produced, machine made products and the older generations are the only ones left with the knowledge of the traditional methods - and they won't be around forever. A sad but true fact.
It's so important to support the preservation of these amazing textiles and encourage the makers in their handicraft. One way we can do this is by modifying how they are used traditionally and design modern pieces that utilise all or some of the authentic textiles and bring them to consumers in Western countries.
When I was in Vietnam and talking to locals about the preservation of this craft, one thing I was told by a lady who owned a textile store and is hugely passionate about this subject, was that there is a famous Vietnamese fashion designer who has switched from using hand made Batik textiles to machine made, most likely sourced from a manufacturer in China. How sad is that!
The real thing takes a long time to make and therefore is of a higher cost to source and use. Business owners without a purchase with purpose ethos, especially in third world countries, are always going to try and cut their costs. Let's help change this.
These following Hmong batik pieces from brands who are are making a difference, are a great example of how these textiles can be used in modern design.
These are just a few examples - love how colourful, bold and interesting they are.
You can wear neutral colours like white, black, grey and denim and add pieces like this for a pop of colour.
I hope this gets someone else inspired to look into thoughtful, artisan made pieces to add to their wardrobe.
Let me know what you think in the comments below. Do you know of any other brands that are working with artisan made, traditional textiles such as batik? Would love to know!