The Stories We Wear
Ever since the first textile was created, there have been stories woven into our clothes.
Did you ever put on that favorite dress, shirt or jacket of yours and immediately felt different? More confident maybe or even protected somehow?
I know of people who dress up the most when they’re feeling down. Because it gives them an emotional boost or they need to be strong that day. Or because it just makes you feel a little bit better about yourself.
Or – like myself - they choose certain clothes because of what they represent: A reminder maybe to be more bold, to slow down or to be kinder to yourself. I actually gravitate to different motifs and colors based on how I want to be that day.
To me clothes are a lot more than something we wear. They are an expression of who we are and what we aspire to become.
What is something that you’d like to remember? To change? To become? I’ve prepared a brief overview of our most meaningful stories and bold colors to get you started on your journey :)
Empowerment and Courage
Just like the flaps of a butterfly can cause a hurricane on the other side of the world, small acts of courage are sure to have ripple effects we cannot always foresee.
You were born with an innate power to create change, both in your life and in the lives of others. Be brave, even when you don't know the outcome. Break the armor - and let yourself be seen. Courage is contagious.
In a world that drowns in noise and information, with family, friends and work on a few swipes away, it’s easy to get lost. We just react to whatever life throws at us and sometimes can barely come up for air.
Instead, we all have the power to pause and take a step back. Creating a space in between what happens to us and what we do. For it is in this space where true freedom resides. The freedom to choose our own response.
TITIK (Indonesian for dot or full stop) is a reminder to pause, take a breath and find the courage to stop listening to what everybody else and/ or that little hurtful voice inside my own head is saying. A reminder that I – as I am in all my perceived flaws, fears and struggles – am already enough, that I am already worthy of what I’m really yearning for in this life.
Jasmine flowers. A motif of pride, used to pass on the craft from mother to daughter. Forgotten, then brought to new life – symbolizing a new bloom of our artisans’ heritage.
You may pass through life lightly, or through a path filled with thorns and scars. But remember that it is never too late to return to the root of your heart and begin again. To bloom in the midst of change.
More than ever, we’ve come to understand how interconnected we are. How one person’s action can reverberate through all of our lives. But only through acting as a global community can we push forward together, to honour our Earth and work toward a legacy for a world we believe in.
Let the moon, the stars and the sky guide your steps. Follow what makes your heart sing, instead of what is expected. One day, you'll look back and witness the magnificent masterpiece that is your life.