One of my favorite prints is the trikora pattern— “inspired by the multifold drapes of the indian dhoti, this version comes in the geometric trikora pattern.” i packed these triangles all the way to kauai — @nomadic_habit#changebeyondtextiles
I will never forget my trip to the galápagos islands. the raw beauty and access to nature and animals was a rare experience that will live with me always. the ethos of matter prints is much like this—reverence to heritage and inspirational to the modern world. i love how sustainable practices are at the forefront of each production. my stay at @pikaialodge was a dream and this print pattern worked well in this dreamscape —@nomadic_habit#changebeyondtextiles
When i went to cartagena, colombia i knew my #matterprints scarf would be perfect against the vibrant city walls. (also really great to hide or accentuate a bad or good hair day) i was traveling with my friend @michaelatrimble who can attest to how much i wore this head wrap. she also snapped this photo and wore matter prints in the heat. - @nomadic_habit#changebeyondtextiles
Hi everyone. marianna here of @nomadic_habit ! i’ll be taking over the matter prints feed this week. i’m a travel photographer who is always packing #matterprints when globetrotting. when i am not on a plane, i call long beach, ca my home. this week i’ll be showing you some places across the globe where i’ve worked and played in matter prints threads. #changebeyondtextiles
Hi it's @ecocult for your last pic of this week's insta takeover. i had the huge honor of moderating a panel with powerhouse women, @celinecelines of @theslowfactory, @alexiskrauss of @sleighbells and @marahoffman, where we talked about what it takes to be an #ecowarrior. what a thrill to be surrounded by such women of good energy and purpose. thank you @theotherfestival for putting this together! #beyondtextiles
Throwback to when i got to work with the talented indian photographer @foundintranslations. he works with matter, along with other ethical fashion companies. he captured this photo of me watering my mint while my ninja cat tried to get my attention! hoping to bump into him again on my travels... - @ecocult#changebeyondtextiles
This is my favorite boutique fitness studio in brooklyn because it's so friendly and sustainable! instead of fancy new branded towels, secondhand ones. instead of selling disposable water bottles, they encourage you to bring your own and fill them up. and karla is an amazing teacher who makes yoga class fun! obviously. hey, her doctor did say to elevate her foot... 😁🤸🏻♀️🤸🏻♀️🐶 - @ecocult#changebeyondtextiles
I'm at the launch of @stellamccartney's bolt thread collab, a lab grown, vegan, bio-silk with the structural properties of spider silk, also cradle to cradle certified. "i love that i was holding silk in my hands that felt like silk from silk worms, but that no silk worms had to die to make it," stella said. "you're here in the room seeing, feeling, touching our future." (also, stella is so nice.) #boltthreads
Hi, it's @ecocult again with your insta takeover on how i live sustainably in nyc. did you know what if he biggest impacts on the environment from fashion is how we care for it? one of the reasons i love my brooklyn apartment is that it came with a drying line out the window! i have a small wall rack inside too for my, ahem, delicates. but i save so ⚡️much ⚡️energy ⚡️by skipping the dryer for an air dry. i don't know why, i just get so much joy from seeing my sheets flapping in the breeze. i've just learned to check the weather, because windy days can get sheets completely tangled and my husband is tired of leaning out the window of our neighbors trying to fix it! #changebeyondtextiles
👋🏻 hi! i'm alden, founder of @ecocult and sustainable fashion journalist. matter asked me to take over this week and show off how i live sustainably in nyc. first up: my sweet ride. i have my own bike, too, but savvy new yorkers know the fastest way to most places on the isle of manhattan is by grabbing a @citibike. i'll even take one when i'm in heels - riding a bike in heels is way better than running. #changebeyondtextiles
Someone told me once that our hands were the physical/visible parts of our brains. and how true. the creation of all our ideas comes from putting our hands to work and turning "nothing" into something.
when we visited semarang and the artisan village of jlamprang to meet the artisans who worked on #matterwraps, i was in complete respect and awe of the humble indigo plant, that when tended and processed with care, releases its potential by a hundredfold, turning bales and bales of cloth into seas of deep blue. 🌊- @aarikalee
I chanced upon @yunamusic almost 6 yrs ago. it was a song she wrote about her guitar. "rocket" was the title and in her beautiful melody she sang about the little constant in her life at that time, her instrument. yuna is one of my favourite storytellers, and i feel like the stars aligned a little because she's shared her matter look the week i'm on the matter takeover. 🦋
there are a million things we can choose to wear, listen to, eat, and follow today. the list can go on. but we have the choice to discover and support those with stories and missions that resonate with us, those that champion individuality, and have vision and purpose beyond themselves.
yuna wears matter's sideswept dhoti in chambray denim. welcome to the #mattertribe, @yunamusic! - @aarikalee
The thing about supporting a strong brand and championing well made garments is that the product often sells itself. there hasn't been a day that i've worn a matter garment and not been asked where it's from. and most often times, they quickly become fans themselves. it's a cool thing to click on #mattertribe and see it growing, with familiar faces no less. 🌿- @aarikalee
Jaipur. a city i've always wanted to visit, and a place that's very dear to matter. it's where the team met khushiram, a fifth generation blockprinting artisan, who chooses to carry on the traditional craft of his father and the generations before him even when most of his family members are choosing more modern alternatives like screenprinting. when matter met him, he shared about his thesis on blockprinting: to create something new with the traditional techniques of block printing. it was this shared commonality to bridge tradition with modernity that brought them together.
i love the relationships matter chooses to grow and the respect and value they give to tradition in this speedily evolving world. it's in knowing our history and embracing it that we become equipped to create meaningfully.
have you been to jaipur? [email protected]
My very first encounter with matter was a gift i received for my birthday: an easy dhoti that fit perfectly under my 8month belly. matter was about a year old then and i fell in love instantly. here was a brand that began a conversation with me simply by telling me where my garment had come from, what the motifs on it meant to the artisan that worked on it, and all at once embraced me in to the #mattertribe.
above all, matter challenges me to consider my choices, and to be more conscious about this soulful embark we call life.
looking forward to sharing more of my journey with you over the next few days. - @aarikalee
For the past month, we’ve been sharing about what #changebeyondtextiles means to us: our commitment in three words. to switch it up, four of our friends will be taking over our instagram for the next month to tell you more about it, starting with @aarikalee ✌️