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Batik is omnipresent in Southeast Asia. It is worn and adorned by women across the region. What is lesser known, are how they are made and the messages contained in them. This feature on our artisan partner, Kebon Indah tells more.Kebon Indah
Zafirah Zein and Nursheila Muez are the founders of AKAR, Singapore's first printed publication on stories and histories of Southeast Asia. Meaning roots in Malay, AKAR is their commitment to amplifying voices from the region.Read More
Welcome to our world. From textile artisans to changemakers, discover the people and stories that inspire our studio's vision, creative and business processes.
| Nu. san. ta. ra | is a word that conjures images of old Southeast Asia, and synonymous with the cultures found in the region. This section highlights the diverse lives, work and endeavours of women from this archipelago, reflecting the zeitgeist of our times.
AKAR is Singapore's first printed publication on stories and histories of Southeast Asia. This is the journey from page to print through the eyes of founders Zafirah Zein and Nursheila Muez.
"Women’s stories are important to me. So much of Saltwater Spirits is about the stories of women. And how often do you get to read about South East Asian women?"
A documentation of our processes and behind-the-scenes on our journey to build a sustainable fashion brand.
Context is important in the discussion of the fashion industry. We break down our thoughts here for Fashion Revolution Week 2021.
In an ideal world, Gypsied will produce based on the capabilities of our artisans, tailors and your demand. I believe it is not too late to dream of this utopia. True sustainability begins with our everyday choices.
Panca Indra in Bahasa refers to our five senses. This collection is inspired by our response to how 2020 has unfolded. Coming back home to one's self is perhaps the most intimate undertaking one could have in this lifetime.
Not too long ago in 1950s Singapore, batik was considered a valuable commodity that could be pawned. An anecdote based on a true story tells more.
Textiles hold a wealth of intangible heritage. Learn more about the people and stories behind the textiles we use here.
On the coasts of Java, a different kind of batik was born. The motifs and colours of coastal batik are inspired by life near the water.
The early batik designers of Java incorporated deep meaning in their work, creating patterns closely related to the Javanese philosophies of life.