AKIN: A Design Collaboration
In collaboration with Ms Browns Lounge, MATTER have produced a series of 3 silk/cotton scarves of an amazing quality, printed by artisans and hand finished with love. The 3 Designs are an amalgam between ancient symbolism and contemporary framework.
MATTER is a socially motivated brand focusing on affordable luxury, thoughtful design and provenance, connecting rural textile artisans and urban designers to create travel ware with stories to tell. Their mission is threefold – to foster designer-artisan collaborations, inspire consumers to value provenance and process, and pioneer industry change and sustainability for rural textile communities. Story driven, community based, built on direct relationships and commitment to respecting provenance. Founded in 2014, they began simply with the intention to make where and why something is made, and by whom, matter. An idea borne of conversations and late night dreaming between two friends, Yvonne and Ren, became a mission to make connected clothing – pieces carrying handcrafted grace in each thread and cultural heritage in their colours and shapes.
AKIN has been a year in the making and encompasses lifetimes of skills, experiences and stories.
AKIN is an international collection – Designed in Australia by an Australian/US designer who has Armenian/Dutch ancestry. Handprinted by 4th generation block printers in Jaipur and the whole thing was brought to life by MATTER in Singapore…
And I am totally overwhelmed by the results!
Derived from the word ‘kin’, Akin speaks of stories from the forgotten past, mapping out the threads that connect us to our ancestors. Akin combines the strength of the Dragon, the healing properties of the Pomegranate, and the sealing protection from the Amulet.