During the pandemic, we went to the drawing board and created Solana's Indonesia Collection, called the Emerald of the Equator. We looked back at our journey from Jan 2020 remembering the moments that struck us most. We poured over photos, over the awesome places we explored, reminiscing the experiences, as well as the freedom to travel before social distancing.
As we created the designs, we tried to capture the feeling of our journey as authentically as possible. With each design we aimed to give the feeling of serenity and peace, calmness and vitality, and to reflect on the beauty of the islands while honoring Indonesia’s diverse spirituality, the call to prayer, Wayang theater, rituals, temples, and symbols. Mostly, we tried to embody the friendliness of the people, their warm and genuine smiles and ease of being.
7.9425° S, 112.9530° E
This design is named after Mount Bromo, an active volcano in East Java. Before dawn we traveled by Jeep to the base of Seruni viewpoint, then climbed our way to the lookout. As we waited, we sipped on coffee around a bonfire by an old, tin shack. When the first light broke, we stood amongst a small crowd of strangers, huddled together to keep warm as the blanket of clouds turned from blue to bright pink. From the horizon, Bromo emerged, proudly steaming, framed by the entire Tengger massif. The cloud pattern, which we captured in this design, is called mega mendung. It is a classic Indonesian motif inspired by Chinese iconography.
Indonesia + the Planet
As we began, we were left with a sense of humility in the face of Indonesia’s grandeur. Considering each place, we could not escape the fact that our images were connected deeply to the natural world, to the palm trees, to the coffee plantations, to the volcanoes, to the temples overgrown by more green fauna than one is likely to see in a lifetime, to the crystal blue water surrounding all 17,508 islands. We knew that to create a shoe we were proud to share with the world, we had to consider the planet.
Sustainability + Fashion
Working with master craftsmen in Spain, we developed Solana's exclusive take on the classic espadrille. The shoe is impeccably crafted with exceptional quality and detail using vegan and certified sustainable materials. The commitment to quality is true to Solana's mission to create a cleaner, more culturally conscious world. The shoes are culturally inspired and consciously made, not only a representation of Indonesia but also a testament to the natural world.
Explore some of the places that inspired Solana's Indonesia Collection:
8.5069° S, 115.2625° E
We chose to use the Om symbol for our Ubud design as it reminded us of our stay in this pleasant, spiritual town in the uplands of Bali. Outside nearly every home are stone shrines where offerings are made for spiritual merit or objectives. Many of these shrines are etched with the symbol Om, oftentimes painted in a bright yellow or gold. Walking around Ubud, there are also many shrines dedicated to Sang Hyang Widi, the One God in Balinese Hinduism.
Like all representations of Om, the meaning is derived from Sanskrit. The rishis, known as the "seers of thought" in the ancient Vedas, heard the vibration of Om when meditating on the sound of the Universe. This symbol and sound is often written and recited at the beginning and end of sacred texts and mantras, and it is believed to signify the reality of ultimate consciousness and the atman, the Hindu equivalent of the soul.