Opening of my exhibition 'De reis naar batik - Dag en nacht'
wearing custom made reversible kimono jacket by Guave
Photo by Shuen-Li Spirit
The ladies of Guave started their slow fashion brand in 2017. Myrthe and Romée contacted me and we met in the Botanical garden in Leiden (NL). We talked about Batik; how printed textiles with batik motif wasn't what they wanted and actual Batik was want they needed. We kept in touch and I followed the fashion-steps they made.
The lovely ladies of @helloguave launched their new Summer collection a few weeks back💙They asked me to be make a Batik Statement Photobooth during their launch💙Made an Indigo inspired backdrop using a Vlisco Wax Print & Batik tulis from Jeruk to match with their collection💙 Congrats ladies with your beautiful new collection💙 ————————— #Repost @helloguave with @get_repost ・・・ Happy faces at the launch of our summercollection! 😄 Standing in front of the batik statement backdrop by batik expert and friend @sabinebolk! One of our missions is to keep this beautiful art and cultural heritage alive, by turning it into modern, wearable pieces 💙 More images of the new collection soon! • • • • #helloguave #madetolast #slowfashion #handcrafted #madewithlove #summercollection #indonesiantextiles #expressyouridentity #textiledesign #identities #batikfashion #identitystorytelling #textilehistory #batikcap #comingsoon #fairfashion #batikeverywhere #batikstatement #guave #sustainable #sustainablefashion #launch #launchparty #indigo #batik #fashion #batikstatementphotobooth
Me wearing the reversible Guave skirt
photo by Koen de Wit
When they launched their Summer collection in May this year, they invited me to do a pop-up Batik Statement photo booth. The collection made with blue and white Batik cap and pink recycled textile from Enschede was an instant favourite of mine. Their pattern-pattern-pattern photoshoot for the collection was beautiful and I believe the collection is almost sold out.
I order one of the reversible skirts and asked if they could make me also a custom piece of a Batik from my own collection. I had this lovely Batik Tulis by Gading Kencana which I actually got in to re-sell. I remembered seeing the ladies wearing wonderful kimono inspired jackets themselves, and asked if it was possible to get one.
Last Sunday I wore the jacket at the opening of my exhibition 'De reis naar batik - Dag en nacht' at Nieuwe Veste in Breda. I absolutely love it! The inside (or outside, depends on how you wear it) is made with a recycled, very soft, blueish grey textile of Enschede Textielstad. They kindly documented the making of, see the pictures below, enjoy!
Making of the kimono jacket
Cutting the pattern
Recycled textile by Enschede Textielstad
The ladies are ready for their next step, a new collection, made in their slow fashion principal, using Batik Cap with textiles by Enschede Textielstad. The collection is a limited edition twinset suit they want to produce at a makers-community in Amsterdam (NL). For this they launched a crowdfunding-campaign on Voordekunst.
You can support them by ordering the twinset suit, or one of their other products. And best of all, this week (until Sunday 23 December 00.00h) what ever amount you donate gets doubled by VSB Fonds!!