Hi, I'm Aqilah Zailan. I stumbled upon my present path by pure accident at age 23. Born in Singapore, I come from a confusing line of ancestors of Siamese-Javanese origin. Starting with a grandmother with lineage from South Thailand and a war-survivor Javanese grandfather from Johor Bahru, there is little to no family tree and limited ways of tracing it. After hearing anecdotes of my grandmother's insistence on wearing batik and kebaya daily in a Singapore that (at that time) was increasingly modernising, I reached out to traditional textiles to find the answers I seek, a process that has seen me wearing batik since the age of 14. The answers always seem just out of reach.
Discovering heritage textiles, telling their stories, and meeting the women who make them are the biggest components of what we do. The best part about this journey has been the artisans we meet, and creating for you. I believe in designing timeless pieces that honour the messages contained in these textiles.
Together with high quality workmanship, I hope what you acquire may be enjoyed for many years to come. Beyond just you, I hope your children, nieces, nephews, god-daughters and sons will someday inherit them and carry your stories close to their hearts.
For a complete press kit, please email me at aqilah at shopgypsied.com
To find out more about the women behind our textiles, see the partners we work with or read an overview of the brand here.