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About the Design
We named this design Sumatra because it's dark and wild like Sumatra coffee, but the artwork is based on traditional Indonesian batik fabric. The border pattern is called Parang, meaning cliff, ridge, or slope in Javanese. It is one of the oldest batik patterns and considered awisan dalem, a pattern reserved for the royal family and once forbidden outside the royal courts. The waves symbolize the unceasing spirit to strive for excellence, like waves crashing against the cliffs. The amaryllis featured at the center is symbolic of love, beauty, and determination.
When we first arrived to Java, we spent days exploring batik factories and learning about the wax-resistant dyeing technique. In the more time intensive method, the artisan draws a design by hand, then retraces the pattern with wax. When the fabric is dipped in dye the uncovered areas are stained a color, leaving the rest undyed. The finished product is used to make garments, given as gifts, and offered during rituals, such as for tedak siten, a ceremony that celebrates when a child touches the earth for the first time.
If you start off north, go north, don’t turn east, west, or south.
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.