Dragon Handpainted Silk Kimono Wrap

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Your statement-making, wearable painting with healing art. This piece in liquid-silk allure is meant to reinvigorate you, and stand the test of time so it becomes part of your everyday life or so you could share. Dragons symbolize good fortune, balance and courage. 30 hours, with plant ink, and free style drawing. That's all artist Pak Septala needed.  

We know your friends will be asking so get ready to tell Pak Septala's story below.  

Nature

100% silk 16 momme: Natural. Caressingly soft . Breathable . Keeps you cooler when the weather is warm and warmer when the weather is cool. Hypoallergenic

100% plant dyed: Gold from mango leaves

100% plant ink for handpainting: Black from ketapang leaves.

A Love Story of Giving

Pak (Mr) Septala is a law professor in Bali with a secret: he's a frustrated artist, gifted with mind-blowing freehand drawing skills. His son Agung, one of the natural dyers in the studio, didn't even know his Pak (father) can draw. Pak Septala loves dragons because he believes in their spiritual power to protect. To celebrate his extraordinary talent, we challenged him to do something he hasn't done before - draw his favorite dragon and the sacred symbols we love on plant-dyed silk using plant-ink. No deadline. No computers. No toxins. After 30 hours of freehand drawing and total freedom, Pak Septala's smile was priceless. This piece is his first dragon on silk fabric, infused with his gratitude for having this moment to manifest his lifelong dream and share his talent to the world.

    Design

    • Made for longevity so you can wear it a lot or share. As a final layer to your breezy look. Or a sleek alternative to a sundress. As urbanized maxi update that promise to sweep just as effortlessly and far more romantically over pants or floor-length frocks - or nothing under. 
    • Featuring: Generous proportions from four meters of natural silk to give you a graceful drape . Two-meter cord belt in self-fabric to give you versatile styling. Wide shawl collar . Elongated wide sleeves and cuff . Rolled tab sleeves with mother of pearl button . Underarm split . Clean french seams throughout . Of course, two utility-style pockets . Comes with a reusable and reversible pouch made from donated fabric scraps.
    • Fit Generous Proportions: One size. Front chest: 36in * 91cm. Upper back: 26in * 67cm. Front Length: 53in * 135cm. Model Gita is 5'6" * 170 cm
    • Care for long-lasting plant-dye: Cold hand wash or machine wash with like colors. Use eco-friendly or gentle detergent. Air dry in the shade or tumble dry low. Dry clean not recommended as natural dyes react to heavy synthetic chemicals. Plant dyed colors will fade if left in the sun for a long time and washed in hot water. Mend when torn. 

    You become a donor

    Every purchase supports a cause as we share 50% of our net proceeds to the community. Together we help underprivileged children get the quality education they deserve at the eco-school we support in Bali. Learn more about our school mission in the blog.

    Celebrating Artisans

    Plant dyeing is an age-old technique that we are obsessed to share to the world because it is beautiful and healthy. Plant dyeing is using natural dyes that are extracted from fresh plants and mixed by hand instead of synthetic chemicals made by machines. The process of harvesting, drying, mulching, and extracting the color from the plants, preparing the fabric, and the dye bathing itself (which requires a repetition of massaging, marinating and drying the fabric) take more time, effort and creativity. Results are unpredictable and affected by serendipity in climate, sunlight, water, even soil fertility and when plants were harvested. But these variances make the pieces unique and groundbreaking. Good for the health: Safer than synthetic dyes as they don't contain chemicals harmful to health. Good for the ecosystem: As plants can be regrown, they’re a renewable, low-cost source. Good for the heart: Fun and therapeutic, and has more room for artistry.

    Plant dyed, cut, sewn the traditional way in home-based family workshops in Bali that share our values for environmental and social responsibility.

    Aligning with UN SDG Goals

    We take pride in contributing to at least six of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 4: Quality Education; Goal 5: Gender Equality; Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production; Goal 14: Life Below Water; and Goal 15: Life on Land.

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