Narrative Made is honoured to take part at Confluence 20+, presented by the Hong Kong Design Centre at Milan Design Week. Join us and explore a collection of artisan's works we partner with.
4 April 10.30am - 12am
5-9 April 10.30am - 10pm
11-16 April 10.30am - 8.30pm
Next stop: Hong Kong in June 2017
For more info, please see: www.confluence20.hk
Do you represent an individual or a group of artisans in Asia?
Are you a history/culture/textile writer?
Are you a textile researcher, collector or dealer?
Do you know of any great resources on Asian heritage textiles?
Narrative Made is launching a new project called The Textile Atlas, and is looking for experts and contributors to join the project. If your answer to any of the above is yes, please get in touch and we would love to hear your story!
Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
About The Textile Atlas:
The Textile Atlas is a response to the fast-disappearing relationship between design and culture. Heritage textiles carries rich stories of cultural history. While many ethnic minorities don’t have a written format to their languages, for generations they have been creating motifs onto their costumes to tell the ancestors’ stories. With the trend of people leaving their traditional textile crafts to work out of town, many historical cultures are also quickly disappearing. The Textile Atlas will preserve a record of disappearing crafts with their reflected cultural stories, and provide a resource platform for both the commercial industry and academia through searchable maps. It aims to raise awareness of the disappearing crafts and cultures, and assist individuals, organisations and businesses to promote and collaborate with their engagement with heritage textile crafts.
About 18 months ago, I had the chance to talk to a successful businessman about my idea of building a sustainable fashion brand - a brand with a mission to preserve heritage craft and provide income for marginalised communities, communities who had not that much resources and not that much choices in life.
The businessman said, “Yes. I was given the opportunity to be an entrepreneur, I believe everyone deserves an chance to start something new and make a difference. Go take this money and do what you just said.” So he believed in me and he paid it forward - for me to have the opportunity to do something I couldn’t do otherwise. So that came the birth of NM, and with the help I received I am truly grateful.
I journeyed on and reflected on the heart behind NM and how it has impacted me and the people I worked with, I couldn't help but think that the wise thing and the right thing is to multiply. So NM has started to link up artisans with other brands and buyers, and has also started to build a network rather than a brand.
Then I started questioning how can I pay it forward for someone else, and allow others to do the same too?
Therefore throughout the month of November, Narrative Made is running a Pay-it-forward game! With every item sold across all platforms and stores, ALL PROFITS will go to HOPE International, one of my favourite organisations that has mastered the idea of believing in an individual and paying it forward for the person.
HOPE international offers micro-finance opportunities that help people save for the future (for example empowering parents to pay for their children's school fees), and invest in businesses.
So as you are doing thanksgiving and Christmas shopping for your loved ones, know that
1) NM items carry stories of the makers and their cultural heritage, and
2) it is an invitation to you to join a community of people seeking to impact the world for good.
Like how Peter Greer, President and CEO of Hope International, puts it: “It gives new meaning to being generous in our daily decisions.”
Think about the people who have paid it forward for you in your life, maybe it’s time to show love and give a whole new meaning to your gifts this Christmas.
Photographer: Sarie Moolenburgh
Art direction: Sharon de Lyster
Models: Rose and Joosje
10 Nov 2016 - 10 Feb 2017
at theDesk, 511 Queen's Road West, Sai Yin Pun, Hong Kong