Online resources platform on Asian heritage crafts presented by Narrative Made
Hong Kong (20th August 2017) – Narrative Made, a fashion brand and textile studio, has launched The Textile Atlas, a new online resource platform aimed to preserve a record of disappearing Asian crafts with their reflected cultural stories, and provide a resource platform for both the commercial industry and academia.
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. Sharon de Lyster, Founder of Narrative Made championing sustainable practices and heritage crafts, sees that in order for artisanal businesses to sustain, there needs to have a systematic resource and network platform to promote such practice.
The Textile Atlas preserves a record of disappearing crafts with their reflected cultural stories, and provides a resource platform for both the commercial industry and academia through digital 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.
The website structured around a few elements:
1. Resources Map: A collection of museums, research centers, libraries and associations dedicated to the preservation and promotion of traditional textiles. Use the Resources Map to plan your research and fuel your passion for textiles.
2. Artisans Map: A collection of artisans, co-ops and designers creating textiles with traditional techniques, motifs and materials. Use the Artisans Map to discover makers in your region.
3. Craft stories in the following categories:
a. The Making of - Discover the time-honoured processes and specialty skills behind traditional textiles.
b. The Profile of - Meet the artisans, designers and entrepreneurs who are keeping traditional textile techniques alive.
c. The Culture of - Explore the beliefs, rituals, identities and cultures interwoven with traditional textiles.
4. Archive of collectors’ items: A visual archive for private textile collections to be shared online.
The Textile Atlas launches online on the 20 August 2017, and will be showcasing as part of the Confluence 20+ exhibition by Hong Kong Design Centre in the Chicago stop. The exhibition will take place on 5-31October 2017 at Block 37, 108 North State Street, Chicago, IL, United States, featuring a collection of craft projects from The Textile Atlas with both physical objects and digital information from the website.
The project calls for interested contributors, practitioners and collectors to join the building of the atlas.
The Textile Atlas is supported by Design Trust, an initiative of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design.
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About Narrative Made
Narrative Made is a people-centered fashion brand and textile studio exploring heritage textiles and those who make them. Founded in 2015, the studio creates fashion collections that feature Asian artisanal crafts, publishes makers’ stories and researches, and supports on-the ground development projects.
About Design Trust
Design Trust was established in 2014 by Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, a registered charity in Hong Kong since 2007, as a grant funding platform. Design Trust supports creative projects that develop expertise, build research initiatives and content related to Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta Region. Working across a multiplicity of design disciplines from graphics, media, architecture to the built environment, Design Trust aims to actively accelerate creative research, design and development of meaningful projects that advocate for the positive role of design.
Presented by the Hong Kong Design Centre, we are showing our artisan partners' work alongside many established local designers, and hosting a workshop on traditional Indonesian batik. Come join us!
10am - 8pm daily
For more info, please see: www.confluence20.hk
Slow Beauty in the Fast World
(Session 1) 12:00-12:45pm
(Session 2) 2:15-3:00pm
(Session 3) 4:30-5:15pm
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
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!
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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