Press release The Silk Road - AW19-20

A collection inspired by the Silk Road, a road that was originally made up of camel caravans that left China to sell silk in Europe.

The nomadic experience of following the Silk Road to Kyrgyzstan lead me to discover a myriad of influences and new references. In Kyrgyzstan women are a family’s backbone and perceived as the nation’s founding principle. Kurmanjan Datka, a Kyrgyz ruler of the 19th century, is the greatest expression of the strength and determination of Kyrgyz women. Her legacy serves as inspiration for the collection.

The patterns are based on the old pieces of nomadic families and are combined with contemporary pieces to capture this duality. Oversize and organic forms give way to comfortable pieces that do not cling and allow freedom of movement. These pieces should be used to work and, above all, to protect against inclement weather. Overlaying is very present through the collection. The volume is used in symbolic pieces taking the architecture of Central Asia as a starting point.

Belts and cords are constantly used in this collection to be able to create the handicraft, both on a manual loom and with the knitting technique. Knitted sweaters are created from pieces combined and evoke the mosaics. Elastic bands are used to manually knit layers that protect and symbolize tradition.

Pleated clothes evoke the domes of Arabian architecture that are so present in central Asia, and they are employed with technical fabrics, cotton and wool. The pleat is printed to break the drawing and create a brittle effect.
The fabrics are made with backstitches and wadding, while looking for the similarity with old padded men’s coats. These fabrics are made to protect and keep warm.

Natural tissues, wool, mohair, alpaca, cotton and silk predominate. Wetsuit fabric is used to create outerwear. The leather take on relevance to create suitable pieces for the trip.