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About the Design
Borneo is one of Indonesia's largest islands. Dayak, which literally means "interior" or "inland" is a name given to over 200 riverine and hill-dwelling ethnic groups. For the Dayak, tattoos carry great significance. One hundred years ago, tattoos read like a script, informing the reader of one's accolades or ability. For men, tattoos were used for protection in battle. For women, tattoos were used to identify their trade. For instance, one could enter a village and find a weaver with ink on her hand to signify her art. Spiritually, tattoos were also made as a sacrifice to one's spirit helpers, or to respect the afterlife. It was believed that the black ink would turn to gold when one died, and that only those who were completely tattooed could enter Sebayan, the Land of the Dead, where they would be greeted by their ancestors who awaited them with the most wonderful gifts.
Where the heart is willing it will find a thousand ways, but where it is unwilling it will find a thousand excuses.
Solanas are handcrafted, combining traditional techniques and modern sustainable methods. Using recycled fabrics, plant-based dyes, natural jute, and recycled ocean plastics, Solanas inspire greater love for the world and care for the planet.
Emerald of the Equator Collection
When designing the Solana Indonesia Collection, we aimed to capture the feeling of our experience traveling around the islands of Java and Bali. We selected aspects of the culture that struck us most and tried to reflect on this spirit and uniqueness in our designs. Our goal with each shoe was to evoke the breadth of feeling we had on our journey. With each design, we aimed to give the feeling of serenity and peace, calmness and vitality.