The Textile Atlas Launches


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The Textile Atlas Launches


The Textile Atlas Launches 

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.

TheTextileAtlas.com

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.

 

For more information please contact: sharon@narrativemade.com


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.

www.narrativemade.com

 

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.

www.designtrust.hk

Confluence 20+


Confluence 20+


Confluence 20+ : Seoul

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Our exhibition is making its third stop in the city of Seoul! Visit the iconic DDP for a journey through the Asian traditional textiles Narrative Made works with and see some of The Textile Atlas crafts in real life! Age-old stories set against Zaha Hadid's futuristic space! 

 

26 AUGUST – 16 SEPTEMBER 2017

Exhibiting at

Design Pathway & Gallery, Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)


D281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 100-197, South Korea

OPENING HOURS
Tuesday to Thursday, Sunday: 10:00am -7:00pm
Friday, Saturday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Last admission is 1 hour prior to the closing time
Closed on Mondays

FREE ADMISSION AND OPEN TO PUBLIC

For more info, please see: http://confluence20.hk/exhibition/seoul/

 

Confluence 20+ : Hong Kong

It is coming to Hong Kong! 

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! 

Exhibiting at

the Hong Kong City Hall 

Lower Block 1/F Exhibition Hall

5 Edinburgh Place, Central, Hong Kong

 

6-28 June 2017

10am - 8pm daily

For more info, please see: www.confluence20.hk


 

 

Indonesian Indigo Batik Workshop:

Slow Beauty in the Fast World

 

17 June 2017

 

(Session 1) 12:00-12:45pm
(Session 2) 2:15-3:00pm
(Session 3) 4:30-5:15pm


Confluence 20+ : Milan

 

a design Exhibition celebrating cultural diversity

 

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. 

 

Exhibiting at la triennale Di Milano 

 

4-16 April 2017

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

 

Calling Artisans


Calling Artisans


Calling artisans! 

 

The Textile Atlas by Narrative Made

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 sharon@narrativemade.com

 

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.

 
 

Pay-it-forward November


Pay-it-forward November


 

Pay-it-forward November 

 

Where did Narrative Made come from?

Here is the story from founder Sharon de Lyster. 

 

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. 

Love, 

Sharon

 

Collaboration: Sarie MGH


Collaboration: Sarie MGH


A Fashion Narrative

in collaboration with SARIE MGH

Photographer: Sarie Moolenburgh

Art direction: Sharon de Lyster

Models: Rose and Joosje

 

exhibiting

10 Nov 2016 - 10 Feb 2017

at theDesk, 511 Queen's Road West, Sai Yin Pun, Hong Kong

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