Saturday, 27 August 2016

Folktales Throughout the Ages

Welcome to another edition of artsy adventures with the Brilia sisters! Please, please, come in. This was actually the exhibition before the last post—which I just realise you probably couldn't read if you didn't understand Bahasa—but as per the occasion, I thought this one could be postponed until the end of the month. A couple weeks ago my sister and I went to see the Negeri Dongeng Nusantara exhibition held by The Children's Books Lover Group (KPBA) at Dia.lo.gue art space. My sister used to be an active volunteer for KPBA and knew some of the people quite well but since work got a lot busier, she found it difficult to contribute anymore. We're still both very much in love with children's books, though, hence our coming to this show. The exhibition shows various illustrations of various Indonesian folktales throughout the ages, since the colonial era until very recent time. KPBA has also published dozens of children's books, which you can purchase at the art space's gift shop.

vintage shirt // thrifted skirt + loafers // hand-me-down purse // outfit photos by Akita

It was also our first time visiting the Dia.lo.gue artspace, which is known to hold various artistic events—and the most hipster place to be. Not only an exhibition space, it is also equipped with a café, which takes up most of the building. Unfortunately, our first impression of the place isn't a positive one. We waited for a good while before the waiters went to take our orders, which they did with less than a pleasant face. I mean, we get it, we're quite possibly not hipster enough or whatever, but it really put us off going there willingly again—if it wasn't for the number of artistic events they will no doubt hold again. The food is, thankfully, quite tasty with reasonable prices, so it wasn't a complete loss. Have you been visiting an exhibition/new place to eat lately? What was your experience like? Do tell!



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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Ethical Fashion: Gunas New York

While I'm an avid lover of dresses and skirts, I've been told that fashion is so much more than clothing. It includes accessories too, apparently, and bags are my go-to accessories to complete an outfit. However, most ladies' bags available are either not cruelty-free or completely unethically produced. Today I'm going to introduce you to a high fashion, cruelty-free and sustainable variety from Gunas New York. It all started in 2009 with the animal-loving designer Sugandh G. Agrawal, who quit her job as an industrial designer at KitchenAid and started her own vegan fashion line. She believes that we can all look and feel good without having to sacrifice animals—and she is determined to make that happen with her brand.

Gunas itself is a sanskrit word, which means the basic quality that exists in all of nature and its creations—in the form of Tamas (darkness, inertia, inactivity and materiality), Rajas (energy, action, change and movement) and Sattva (harmony, balance, joy and intelligence). The word is deep within the roots of spirituality. Also, it just so happens to be an anagram of the designer's name. And such is the brand's principle, naming the priority in the order of people, planet AND ONLY THEN profit—not the other way around. Gunas works with ethical manufacturers and local artisans from across the globe to bring cruelty-free handbags to their customers—staying true to their vegan root.

Unwilling to contribute to consumerism and overconsumption, Gunas refuses to launch seasonal collections. They break the traditional clothing business system and launch their collections only on occasion, deliberately taking time to create thoughtful products. Each of their collections signify a different personality of a woman: the ANGEL collection for softer, femininity; the CHAMPION collection for a professional winner; the EXPLORER collection for the ever wanderlust; the GLAM collection for the fabulous among us and the REBEL collection for the bold warriors in all of us.

I absolutely love the variety within their catalogue. If I have to identify myself with a collection, I'd pick Angel and/or Champion. The designs are just so versatile and the cut is roomy enough for me to carry whatever I want. Product-wise, specifically I adore Bridgette and Kangaroo—but they have so many classy ones that I'd sooner go for all of them. Gunas also has a shoe collection launching soon and, if you pre-order until August 31, you can grab 30% off for them using the code SHOELOVE. Who wouldn't want a conscientious, cruelty-free and ethical pair of adorable shoes, am I right? Ugh, I simply cannot wait! Which of their products do you fancy?

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