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About the Design
Java's gingham pattern uses the traditional Indonesian textile poleng poleng. With this pattern, the story goes back to the philosophy of balance, called Rwa Bhineda. The word saput literally means ‘blanket’ and poleng means ‘in two tones.’ In this blanket is an equal number of dark and light squares. Together their intertwining represents the coexistence of opposites and the ultimate goal of spiritual harmony. The fabric is often seen wrapped around the base of sacred statues.
We chose to use this pattern for our gingham Java design because it was here, in Yogyakarta, that we experienced a harmonious dichotomy of "two tones." Yogyakarta, nicknamed Jogja, is where we first arrived and spent nearly two weeks exploring temples and drinking superb coffee. The city borrows its name from Ayodhya, the hometown of Rama, the hero of the Ramayana. Literally, the name Yogyakarta translates to a place that is "fit to prosper." Today, Jogja is is packed with cars, motorbikes, and pedestrians. Yet beneath the noise exists something calming. The batik, the drama, the royal heritage, the literature and music -- all of it points to an ancient culture from the 8th-10th century CE.
You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you with yourself.
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.