Luisa Upcycled Top (from Dress) with Indigenous Front Yoke, Navy
The Luisa empire-waist top is upcycled from our Lulu maxi dress, to reduce the consumption of finite resources of our planet, participating in circular fashion, and supporting a circular economy. Made of bamboo jersey with an indigenous fabric in a tribal stripe at the front yoke, the textile was handwoven by indigenous Apayao artisans from the Cordilleras in the northern part of the Philippines, using an ancient handwoven techniques called passed down from generations prior.
The stripes are characterized by dominant red stripes and motifs of geometric patterns (in this case, small and subtle geometric patterns) interlaced with white and black yarns. The red sometimes symbolizes the ground, while yellow can represent wealth, growth, and fertility. Traditionally used as women’s skirts and men’s g-strings or loin cloths, these fabrics were generally worn during rituals and special occasions such as weddings and festivals.
Supporting, preserving, and celebrating indigenous tribes and their rich culture is at the heart of KINdom. We are all KIN.
• V-neck empire-waist top with contrast indigenous tribal yoke & tie-back
• Self: 95% bamboo, 5% spandex (reclaimed). Contrast: 100% cotton (indigenous textile)
• Self: Reclaimed fabric from dead stock, so no additional resources or chemicals used
• Made in the Philippines & China, upcycled in the USA
• Professional wet clean (more eco-friendly), or dry-clean