Gardener, beekeeper, and writer - olivia choong finds her passion in uncovering the beauty and impact of green living. aligned with a shared intention of environmental consciousness, we wanted to celebrate our range of natural dye tops by featuring olivia and her growing garden. plus her two chickens - brownie and pepper 🐓🐓
This is the sheesh mahal. as the story goes, in the ancient days the queen wasn't allowed to sleep in the open air but she loved to see the stars. so king man singh asked his architects to build a palace covered in stones and glass. that way, when night came, they would light up two candles and the ceiling of the mahal would look like a sky full of stars.
For the love of the colours, our newest tops are natural dyed. this is the myrobalan plant grounded up into a powder. after a repetitive process of dyeing and drying - the sun and plants come together to leave the fabric a deep earthen yellow.
One of the things we miss about being in india is the routine chai breaks we would have throughout the day. in ahmedabad, it was a parentheses to every meal; we started our mornings with a small cup of chai, and ended our evenings the same. it's all in the little things.
Azura in the sideswept dhoti + handloom graph grey through the streets of george town. ps - every month, we pick our favourite #mattertribe photo and send a little something your way so keep tagging us 😉
Something we learned recently: less than two hundred years ago, the whole world still wore natural dyes everyday. natural dye is a craft that keeps alive a tradition dating back to thousands of years, and we're proud to add it to our growing list of techniques.
"this was my very first matter pants, the high waisted silhouette is so flattering and so easy to dress up with heeled sandals, flats or white sneakers. the print is subtle though its meaning is bold! a good first item — now i'm falling in love with the bolder prints and colours." - naz, our creative director, on her pick from the annual sale.
"the easy dhoti is just that - easy to get on and off (no sashes or buttons, just an elastic waist). flattering and comfortable cut, and i really like the material which has a nice weight to it - not too thin, but also not so thick that it’s uncomfortable in our tropical weather. plus i like the bright colour, and hope you bring more brights in." - asanthi
Our annual sale is still on and while we would love for you to buy our pieces, we would love it more if you bought it, not just because it was on sale, but because you will love and wear it for the years to come. we wrote more about this on our journal, link is where it always is. #changebeyondtextiles