All these images were taken by Cecilia Portela, unless otherwise stated.

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So happy to announce that we will be participating in ‘ The Lissome Pop Up : A Curated Selection of Mindful Fashion’ at the East Village E20.

“Under the curation of LISSOME, the pop up will bring together carefully selected brands with an authentic and transparent story behind them”.

June 25th | Red Yellow Blue E20 1EY

Morning Talk: 10.30 am to 11.30 am.
Pop-Up Shop: 11.30 am to 5 pm.
Get your ticket for the talk via Billetto: http://bit.ly/2rZRymW

We hope you can join!

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| By MÓNICA BEDMAR |

Uma wearing our Madder Square Dress and the Rustic Silk Midi Skirt.

With our Green Silk Pleated Dress.

Featuring the D23 Oversized Duster and the Rustic Silk Midi Skirt.

Photography : Mónica Bedmar | Styling : Caterina Pérez  | Art Direction: Devenir

Featuring : Uma Bunnag.

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| By LIEKE ROMEIJN |

Art direction, photography and styling by Lieke Romeijn.

Featuring the Hemp | Cotton Collarless Shirt.

Juicy wearing our Deep Blue Oversized Duster.

With our Deep Blue Silk Jumpsuit.

Featuring: Juicy Ijsselmuiden.

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| ICELAND |

We just came back from a dream holiday.

It’s been years since I wanted to visit Iceland, I feel grateful for having finally experienced this wonderful country.

The landscapes we encountered went beyond our expectations.

We rented a van and traveled along the entire Ring Road.

Having the sleeping and eating sorted gave us the time and the freedom to stop and do as we pleased.

We learnt that being updated with the weather and road conditions is a must.

We found some challenges along the way : gale wind, hail storms, snow, ice …

The force of the elements can be striking.

Magical encounter as we entered the east side of the country.

The land of fire and ice is dotted with glaciers and volcanoes.

Around 11% of the surface is covered in ice caps and glaciers.

Some of them are already disappearing due to climate change.

Lava fields covered in spongy moss.

Billboard advertising is nonexistant.

Iceland is a country like no other. It is an endless natural playground.

Soundtrack recommended: Hans Zimmer’s Planet Earth II Suite.

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| FAULTY GARMENTS : A SECOND CHANCE |

All our garments go through a slow and long production process. We work with a few teams of weavers, two families of dyers and two master tailors. Every piece is touched by many hands until it is completed.

Unfortunately, and for diverse reasons, finished garments do not always meet our expectations. It is something quite painful to see because we know that perfectly finished garments and faulty garments go through the same amount of work and use of resources.

Therefore, we like giving these garments a second opportunity.

Not doing so would be throwing away many hours of work, precious handwoven fabrics, liters of water, money, and uncountable energy.

When we speak about faulty garments we are speaking of stains due to the hand dying process, small pen marks or imperfect finishes.

In all cases garments are totally wearable and in many cases those mistakes are not seen at first sight.

If you would like to know about the faulty garments that we have in stock, please let us know.

They are sold with a 20% – 50% discount depending on each case.

Thank you !

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| SUMMER INSPIRATION |

During the summer of 2013 I spent a few weeks house sitting a wonderful self built eco-house located in the south of Spain.

Electricity was run by solar panels and water was pumped out of a well.

Days were bright and hot and nights starry and dark.

It felt like paradise.

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| SUNDAY READS |

Matka silk filaments were originally unwound and plied together on a mud pot or Matka pot. It is believed that this kind of silk was named after the clay pot used in its process. Filaments are nowadays likely to be reeled on a woman’s thigh.

  In Hole & Corner’s issue 12 Christopher Sturman captured Matka potter Dukhan in Singhasni, a village 20 km. south of Jodhpur. Dukhan and his son still make Matka pots the traditional way.

They are used to store and and cool water in houses of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka since ancient times.

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| NEW PIECES |

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Raw silk, linen, hemp, cotton, and nettle. All together in one photo.

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| INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY |

I met Minu in Pokhara during my first trip to Nepal in 2014.

She is one of the kindest people I’ve ever met, we became friends almost instantly.

Every time I go back to Nepal I visit her and she invites me to a delicious meal at her house, which is always one of the most valuable memories I bring back home with me.

She is the bread winner of her family and has a full time job as an Education Co-ordinator in a rural school in Pumdi Bhundi, a village 12 km. away from Pokhara.

In her school they take care and give an education to underprivileged and Dalit (oppresssed / untouchable) children.

Her job has not only allowed her to interact with these children but also with their mothers, who live in a very vulnerable situation.

“Our society is male dominated and still women identity is recognized by their father, brother and husband instead of their self identity.”

These women are totally dependent on men and are often physically, sexually, and mentally abused. They have no access to basic education and they have no means to earn for their own livelihood.

“The main occupation of villagers is farming vegetables and seasonal crops. Milk production and animal farming are the main source of income generation. There is no alternative means of generating income in this region .”

Minu could not stand seeing these mothers being mistreated, not having the autonomy to make their own living and most of all, being unaware of their own unfair situation.

She thought of creating a group where they would receive guidance, counseling and develop new skills to enable them to be financially independent.

Last year, when Minu was telling me about the budget she needed to create her “dream project” with the mothers on Pumdi Bhundi.

She managed to create a group of seven mothers, who now have a platform to speak out and share their problems. They are aware of women’s rights and motivated to fight for a better future for them and their children.

They are receiving sewing skills and are being trained on how to use their natural resources in a sustainable way.

This will not only allow them to be resilient and create their own income, but it is giving them dignity and identity.

The day I was introduced to some of the mothers.

In order to do this, Minu first needed to rent a space in the village, then find a person who would train the mothers and buy all the material necessary: tables, chairs, sewing machines, scissors, needles, thread and so on.

The mothers live in far places and they need transportation.

They can only have 3 days a week of training because they lose their daily wage in the field.

How does Minu find the time and how does she finance the project?

She uses the scarce free time she has after school hours, spends part of her small salary, and receives small donations from close friends.

In MATKA we strongly believe that small changes can make big differences.

Minu is for us an example of kindness, strength, and commitment.

We feel very lucky to be able to help and raise awareness of her beautiful and inspiring project.

If you want to collaborate with Minu in order for her to keep working with the mothers of Pumdi Bhundi, please send us an email.

We hope one day to be able to sell garments made by them.

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| DURING OUR LAST TRIP TO NEPAL |

We visited a new team of weavers located near the center of Kathmandu.

We followed the long and laborious process of preparing the warp for weaving cashmere shawls.

Kamala is winding the pirns (or “tukkis”) that will go in the shuttle.

Bobbins of cashmere yarn were previously wound by machine.

Raw silk is manipulated exclusively by hand, no machines are involved in the process.

We also visited the button makers.

They use water buffalo bone and horn collected from the riverbanks.

Whenever I tell the lady, owner of the factory, “I’m vegetarian,  I’m not sure if I feel so comfortable being surrounded by all these bones”, she tells me “don’t worry, this is recycling, it is good karma”.

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| By LIEKE ROMEIJN |

  

Meis and Liliana were captured by talented Lieke Romeijn wearing some of the pieces currently available on the site.

Featuring the Indigo Square Dress, Copper Extra Long Shirt, and Green Square Dress.

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| 2017 |

Starting 2017 the right way.

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Saying goodbye to 2016.

Thank you all for your support!

Wearing the Rust Linen Duster Coat and Rust Linen Trousers.

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We have just received our Christmas greetings from Aamaghar Pathshala in Pumdi-Bhundi, Pokhara, Nepal.

Please click on the photo to get an insight of this beautiful and necessary project.

Peace and Love for everyone.

ALWAYS.

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GREY EXTRA LONG SHIRT

We are introducing a few new pieces to the collection.

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| REMINDER |

NO PRICE REDUCTION

Black Friday is a good day to remember that …

Ours is a long and slow production process.

All our fabrics are hand woven and hand dyed by artisans in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
We use exclusively 100% natural fibers.
Each piece is cut and sewn individually by our tailor Vishnu Maharjan in Kathmandu.
The whole process is done locally, following fair trade principles.
We respect and value craftsmanship and promote conscious consumption.

ALWAYS.

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MATKA_MARIA MEIJIDE

Our collection will be exhibited at María Meijide‘s house/atelier until December 3rd.

Opening times: Every day from 5 to 9 pm. | Praza do Toural, 9 – 3rd floor, Santiago de Compostela.

 

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We are so (so) pleased to announce that Do Design in Madrid will be stocking a selection of Matka’s pieces.

Images by Do Design.

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MOTHER + DAUGHTER

Daughter wearing Rust linen trousers and duster | Mother wearing Ochre duster and E-68 Trousers (1st collection).

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Autumn landscape in Galicia.

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Daughter wearing Hay linen duster and D – 28 Midi skirt | Mother wearing Ochre linen jacket and D-2o Trousers (1st collection).

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Mother wearing Hay linen jacket and D – 28 Trousers | Daughter wearing Indigo linen duster coat and B-29 silk midi skirt.

| Mother and Daughter by Romina Portela |

I found out that the word ‘matka’ meant ‘mother’ in Polish, Czech, and Slovak, after its launch.

This is something that has somehow strengthen my relationship with the brand.

Since the beginning, Matka has been a very personal project but I never thought it would get to this point.

For that reason, and because my mother is one of Matka’s ambassadors, I wanted to create this story.

My dear cousin Romina took the photos and my father and auntie Laura came along to help us with the props and to give us support.

I hope to be able to photograph more mothers and daughters in the future wearing MATKA.

(Do not hesitate to write us if you think you could be one of them).

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My Beige Cashmere Throw comes with me everywhere I go.

Location scounting with Romina Portela.

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NEW COLLECTION OCT16

We are slowly introducing new pieces to our collection.

 

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in-ku

I knew about Carin Mansfield and her twenty- year old brand Universal Utility about a year ago, when I saw this video on BBC News.

I immediately felt identified and inspired by what she says and wrote myself a mental note to go and visit her the next time I was in London.

I finally did, a couple of weeks ago, and it was definitely one of the highlights of my trip.

She makes simple shaped, durable, comfortable clothing inspired by old workwear. Every piece is sewn individually and locally by highly skilled British machinists.

Finishes are key. She makes sure pieces are impeccably crafted and she refuses to work otherwise.

It is called “slow fashion” for a reason.

Christine Chang Hanway, founder of Fabulous Fabsters and Universal Utility’s customer, asks Carin on her site about how everything started:

“Selling my clothes at Egg was really the beginning for me. This is where Rei Kawakubo from Comme des Garçons found me. She later invited me to show the Universal Utility label at Dover Street Market, which I did from 2004 – 2009. Another Japanese company called The Baycrews Group also found me at Egg and I supplied my designs to them for seven years. I had three machinists and was supplying 10 shops and was working around the clock. Eventually, it all got to be too much and in 2013,  I decided to open my own shop In-ku in order to consolidate and focus”.

In fact, as Carin explains to Rebecca May Johnson for AnOther Magazine, it was in 2013 when Rei Kawakubo and her husband Adrian Joffe offered to produce for her in Japan under license as a collaborative label, but it just wouldn’t work.

“Faced with people with that history I said ‘OK, can we see some samples.’ But the problem was, my technique cannot be made in an industrial style because it’s the old way: French seams, bindings, pipings – it’s deceptively difficult. They tried and made thirteen garments in an industrial way, and I couldn’t accept the make: it was a total difference of standard and I couldn’t do it (…).”

She is now fully focused on her small four – storey haven of peace, where I was lucky enough to find her and speak with her about the ways of producing and consuming.

In – ku | 15a Warren St. | W1T 5LN | London.

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Macchapuchhare or ‘Fish Tail’ (6993 masl) is a mountain in the Annapurna Himalayas that has never been summited.

It is considered sacred, associated with Hindu god Shiva, and forbidden from climbing since late 1950’s.

This photo was taken in Ghandruk, in January 2014, during our trek in the Annapurna Region.

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We have just got back from the Scottish Highlands.

These pictures were taken during our last morning walk, right outside our lodge in Crianlarich.

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While exploring Isle of Skye we came across this interesting weaving studio,  where they use a bicycle pedal-powered loom.

Here is Roger, one of its founders, showing us the loom mechanism.

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The entire process of warping, weaving, and dyeing is explained in this video.

Skye Weavers is located in Glendale, on the extreme North-Western corner of the island.

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Sheep seemed to be living the life up there.

Quiraing, Isle of Skye.

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MIST

Misty evenings.

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CORRUBEDO

Summer getaway.

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INDIGO LONG SHIRT

Slowly introducing new pieces to our collection.

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BAMBOO BENEFITS

| The benefits of using bamboo fiber |

We are increasing significantly the use of bamboo in our garments.

Bamboo fabric is light, extremely soft, and versatile.

It can be used as cotton or silk, but for many reasons bamboo is a much more sustainable choice.

It’s one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It can grow up to 4ft. in one day.

It requires zero pesticides or chemical fertilizers, unlike cotton; which accounts 24% of the world’s insecticide market and 11% of the sale of global pesticides, according to WWF.

Bamboo needs 1/3 the amount of water compared to  cotton.

According to the Environmental Bamboo Foundation, bamboo minimises CO2 and generates up to 35% more oxygen than equivalent spieces of trees.

Bamboo fiber has great insulating properties, just like silk. It helps staying warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

In MATKA we are using it for summer dresses and as lining in jackets, skirts and trousers.

In any case, we believe that natural resources should be used responsibly and that mass production of any kind is unsustainable.

“Buy less, choose well, make it last.” – Vivienne Westwood.

Painting: Cristina Durán Arufe.

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NO PRICE REDUCTION

Ours is a long and slow production process.

All our fabrics are hand woven and hand dyed by artisans in the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.
We use exclusively 100% natural fibers.
Each piece is cut and sewn individually by our tailor Vishnu Maharjan in Kathmandu.
The whole process is done locally, following fair trade principles.
We respect and value craftsmanship and promote conscious consumption.

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HOME_LANZADA

Home.

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It has been a few very busy weeks moving around visiting friends, clients … But mostly people that have become both.

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In Salamanca, visiting a friend’s dream house in the countryside.

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Viveca was the first place I wanted to visit when I landed in Palma de Mallorca. After following them on Instagram for so long, it was magical to see in person the characteristic blue wooden door with their name on it. This charming concept store is located in a beautiful and secluded alley, right in the heart of Palma’s old town. They have a curated selection of antiques and handcrafted textiles and ceramics. Absolutely lovely.

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Sitting on La Pecera‘s Saturn stools was next on my list and I was not disappointed, they are truly amazing. In this tiny store you can find mid-20th century furniture, rugs, lamps, ceramics, not-just-any hats, espadrilles … All carefully selected (and in some cases designed) by her founder Marlene Albadalejo. I could have stayed here for hours contemplating beauty.

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  Memorable day off in Deià.

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I feel very fortunate to be spending my life in continuos contact with beautiful handwoven natural fabrics, designing comfortable and durable clothing, and getting to know the talented artisans behind the entire process.

On top of all this, MATKA is also providing me the opportunity to travel and meet people alike, who appreciate quality over quantity and who not only see but feel the beauty of things.

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Everything at Latayaya is so beautifully displayed. It is a pleasure to spend time looking around … Amongst endless beauties, now you’ll be able to find a selection of Matka’s pieces behind their doors or inside their wardrobes. Definitely a new and inspiring way of shopping (that we love).

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This weekend we woke up to these great news! Yo Dona was featuring us on their weekly issue.

We feel truly grateful for all the support!

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WICKER BACKPACK-

 Working on the first trial of our wicker backpack | Leather straps and cotton lining | Handmande in Portugal.

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BARN RED

| The story of how the Barn Red Jacket was made |

100% Handwoven cotton fabric in white is taken to our dyer Gautam Mandal. He lives with his family in a village about 20 minutes away from the city, in the Kathmandu Valley.

They are originally from India and belong to a second generation of dyers.

The house is located in a peaceful, rural area and it’s surrounded by hills.

The fabric needs to be soaked in water and only when it’s completely wet, the process of dyeing begins.

Water is heated with firewood because of the gas and fuel shortage (read about the Indian blockade below).

I show Gautam the color I’ve chosen in the swatches. He seems to know straight away how to get it.

He doesn’t need formulas nor notes.

The alchemy begins.

Gautam’s brother Ravi helps him during the entire process.

After 3 trials, he arrives to the exact same color I’ve chosen : Barn Red.

I’m truly amazed.

The fabric is hanged outside to dry. It’s a beautiful winter sunny day.

After 2 days, the fabric is delivered to our tailor Vishnu, in Kathmandu.

He cuts it and Prem Dai sews it.

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This is just an example of how all our garments are made.

They take time, dedication and there is a lot of talent involved.

“Production is slow but rewarding”.

PS: The Barn Red Jacket was sold before we were able to upload it.

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ELISEO BY MATKA

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| Here is the story behind our Three – Way Leather Bag |

The original piece was acquired by my mum in Ibiza (Spain), in the summer of 1978.

The bag was signed by – presumably – his maker: Eliseo.

My mum used it for several years.

When my older sister  – who was also born in the summer of 1978 – turned 14, she took over and adopted the bag for over 12 years and used it until it was completely unwearable.

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Around that time, I was already dreaming about having a bag like Eliseo’s. I just couldn’t find anything like it in the market.

Nothing was quite as perfect: a backpack, a shoulder bag, and a handbag.  All in one. Comfortable, strong, long lasting, simple, and yet stylish.

It was around 2005 when we decided to give the pattern to an artisan in our hometown and make one replica for each of us.

We’ve been using it since.

It’s been a while since I’ve been thinking about remaking Eliseo’s bag and adding a few features to it.

I use mine pretty much every day, so I’m aware of the small details that could improve the experience of using it; with all my respects to the original design.

While working in MATKA, I’ve had access to leather and leather craftsmen, so I decided to make a few trials.

We’ve added a cotton lining, 3 pockets (one with zip) and strengthen the holes that hold the bag by slightly changing the original structure.

It has been made in Nepal, with buffalo leather.

See the our Three – Way Leather Bag here.

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FEBRUARY 2016

| Preview of our new collection |

100% Handwoven natutal fibers | Raw silk, cashmere, wool, linen, cotton, bamboo and hemp.

Ethically and individually made by Vishnu Maharjan in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Hand dyed by Gautam Mandal in Kathmandu Valley, Nepal.

One of a kind | Very limited editions.

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A FRESH START

Vishnu Maharjan is the tailor who is currently making all our garments in Kathmandu, Nepal.

He doesn’t like waste, so he makes the sewing patterns with newspaper.

We love it.

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EARTHQUARKE

| 9 months since the devastating earthquake in Nepal |

The government has just officially launched the – delayed – reconstruction campaign. It is  not clear though when work will begin in the northern mountain villages, where people are still living in tents in freezing weather.

History seems to be repeating itself once again: international aid (4.1 billion USD) is not yet being distributed.

Here is an interesting  BBC podcast by Simon Cox from the early days after the earthquake, about where the money is going.

Local and international NGOs were created ad hoc. From what I can read, hear and see on the ground, these independent initiatives are making a huge difference in the country’s reconstruction, together obviously with the Nepalese innate strength and resilience.

Living Nepal, Des de Nepal, Langtang Disaster Relief, Hugging Nepal, and Cloudbase Foundation partners with Karma Flights are just an example of these organizations.

Thank you all for your enormous efforts!

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POKHARA

I’m back to where Matka was conceived, exactly 2 years ago.

Pokhara, Nepal.

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COMUNAL_STORE

Comunal Store in Girona (Spain) is now stocking a selection of Matka’s pieces. We couldn’t be happier.

Photo credit: Comunal Store.

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MATKA_WABISABI

“Things Wabi-sabi can appear coarse and unrefined. They are usually made from materials not far removed from their original condition within, or upon, the earth and are rich in raw texture and rough tactile sensation”.

Matka is the term used in India for rough hand-loomed silk fabric. It’s made from thick raw silk yarns and it is characterized by its slubs and natural irregularities in the weave.

_ Matka & Wabi-sabi Series_

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NOVEMBER

We are proudly presenting the new one off pieces of Matka’s collection.

We heartily appreciate all the efforts made by our artisans, overcoming all the difficulties caused by the – still on going – blockade in Nepal.

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| Nepal, 6 months after the earthqueake |

Anand lives in Kathmandu, he is one of MATKA’s providers and the person from Nepal I’m speaking with the most lately.

He has been one of the people to inform us, from the ground, about the conditions they have been living in after April 25th.

Most of the times, his words would be filled with admirable optimism, even laughter.

But every now and then he would go from hope to despair within a few hours.

In the morning of May 6th, he was writing:

“Today is the first day of the rest of our lives, new beginning, new hope, and a better future”.

In the evening of the same day:

“Now that the earthquake is over things are getting scary. We don’t know what the future holds for us … Everybody is afraid of disease spreading. My mind is blank. Cannot think. I’m scared my best efforts would not be enough to support the people who depend on me.”

But he could not know it wasn’t over.

On May 12th a second powerful earthquake (7.3 magnitude) hit Nepal with an epicenter near Namche Bazaar, close to Mount Everest.

Two weeks after that, they were still getting, at least, 4 aftershocks every day.

By this time, Nepal wasn’t on the news anymore. In order to be updated, we had to either look for the information or ask the people directly.

Something similar is happening now with the current gas and fuel blockade that they are facing.

Nepal relies, almost entirely, on India for its oil and gas and now the border between the 2 countries is blocked.

On October 1st, I received a first email from Anand saying:

“So sorry I was not able to read your email. I have been in the petrol line all day [9 hours] and finally got 3 lts.”

By the 8th, he wrote:

“I am very sorry to inform you that everything in Nepal has come to a stand still. India has blocked everything that is coming to Nepal. The country has ran out of fuel, electricity, food, cooking gas and all necessity items. Schools have closed down because they do not have fuel to transport students. Government offices are closing from Sunday. Flights to Nepal have been cancelled because the plane cannot refuel in Nepal. We cannot dye any more fabrics because of lack of fuel. Even big shipment which crosses 100 Kg. have been stopped because the planes refuse to load them.
All the workers have left because the city could run out of food soon.”

The reason to all this :

On September 16th, Nepal passed a long – debated constitution, containing several controversial clauses. (For further detailed information read  “Why is Nepal’s new constitution controversial?” )

India insists that they are not responsible for the blockade and blames ethnic groups from the Terai who are  protesting against the Constitution for dividing Nepal into seven new states, “slicing through their ancestral homeland.”

As Abby Seiff explains in Time:

“ Regardless of intention, the impact has been substantial. In early October, Nepal’s scant reserves neared exhaustion and the government was forced to introduce fuel rationing. Since then, the effects have spread to every sector. At local markets, food prices have gone up — 30%, 50%, 100%.”

In fact, Anand paid 10 USD for one liter of fuel last week, in a country where a teacher’s monthly salary ranges between 150 – 300 USD.

In conclusion, Nepal’s reality 6 months after the devastating earthquake is getting (even more) complicated.

In these days, they are celebrating Dashain, the longest and most auspicious festival in the Nepalese calendar.

Unfortunately, like our dear friend Minu wrote  2 days ago, it’s not being a happy one.

We hope this difficult situation will be resolved swiftly, before winter arrives;  especially, in the high – altitude areas where communications get cut off by snowfall.

There are still thousands of families waiting for shelter.

Sources: www.bbc.co.uk / www.theguardian.com / www.economist.com / www.time.com / www.un.org / www.thehimalayantimes.com / www.aljazeera.com / www.wikipedia.org

Image: Reuters / Navesh Chitrakar.

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HOLE & CORNER

Since Issue no. 6 of Hole & Corner arrived in the post a few weeks ago, it has accompanied me in cafes, trains, and planes.

I love going through its pages and find inspiring stories, such as John Allen’s.

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Textile designer and weaver John Allen was head of the Royal College of Art’s knitwear department until 1995.  Twenty years later, at age of 81, he seems to have started a new career.

He was at the Millinery Works Gallery (Islington, London) working on his exhibition ‘British Landscapes’, when he met
Loewe’s creative director Jonathan Anderson.

The collection consisted of colorful wall carpets inspired by the countryside. It hadn’t been yet displayed but Anderson happened to see on the floor one of the pieces that Allen had forgotten to put away.

To make a short story even shorter, those carpets have now been turned by Anderson into Loewe’s knitwear, scarves, bags, wallets, beach towels, and espadrilles.

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“As Allen tells it, the collaboration with Jonathan Anderson for Loewe came about through pure happenstance. “ says H&C editor Mark Hooper.

Coincidences like this make life magical.

Cover photograph: Laurence Ellis. // John Allen’s images: Alan Clarke. // Loewe’s : Jamie Hawkesworth.

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CAPE COD

I was invited to a dream holiday in Cape Cod  (Massachusetts, USA) and had the most wonderful time.

Feeling so grateful.

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Wake up call at 5:30 am to walk across the 1 1/2 mile breakwater in Provincetown, before the sunrise.

The color change of the scenery was breathtaking.

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Low season was key to have stunning Marconi Beach for ourselves.

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Stars, campfire and s’mores in Head of the Meadow Beach.

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A holiday in which requiremet no. 1 was watching the sunrise and requirement no. 2 was watching the sunset.

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Going back to civilization (Boston, in this case) wasn’t as dramatic as expected.

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The store Good, with a thoughtful selection of new and vintage items, was one of my best finds in Charles Street (Beacon Hill, Boston).

Hand-picked pieces of clothing and accessories, jewelry, home decor, and a curated assortment of books and magazines that I loved.

Staff was wonderful, which made it an even more pleasant stop.

Featured in the picture above, founder Paul Niski.

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Only a few steps away is Tatte for excellent coffee, delicious cakes, pastries, sandwiches, and brunch.

(Images taken from Tatte’s website).

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MILANO

I was in Milan for the weekend visiting a dear friend that I hadn’t seen in 10 years. He took me to so many nice places, but the one that has stayed in my heart is Un Posto a Milano (La Cascina Cuccagna),  a beautiful converted farmhouse located near Porta Romana. The restaurant offers a great selection of ‘km. 0’ homemade food and freshly- squeezed juices. There is also a guest house with 16 beds distributed in rooms facing the rural courtyard, where they grow their own veg.

An unexpected green and peaceful place in bustling Milan that I highly recommend.

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OPORTO

Brief visit to charming Porto, Portugal.

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My favourite find: Coraçao Alecrim – The loveliest one of a kind shop in Porto. Created by Filipa Alves and Rita Dixo.

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Byssus

“Silk is usually made from the cocoons spun by silkworms – but there is another, much rarer, cloth known as sea silk or byssus, which comes from a clam. Chiara Vigo is thought to be the only person left who can harvest it, spin it and make it shine like gold.”

[But she does not sell it]

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Cabo de Gata 9

| Summer 2015 |

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I can’t think of a better summer plan than going with my dear friend Tete and her camper van to Cabo de Gata (Almería, Spain).

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We made it once for the sunrise. Unbeatable.

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ART HELPS NEPAL

We are so thrilled to be a part of this.

A beautiful fundraising initiative that will take place in Vigo (Galicia, Spain) from June 17th – June 30th.

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Petersham Nurseries is probably the most special find so far since I moved to London 8 months ago.

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This haven of peace is located beside Petersham Meadows and near Richmond Park, Surrey.

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Astier de Villatte display at Petersham Nurseries shop.

RICHMONDWild deers roam freely in Richmond Park, the largest Royal Park in London.

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MINU IN GORKHA

It’s been one month since the devastating 7.8  magnitude earthquake struck Nepal.

Minu is our very first tailor’s daughter in law. She works in the Aamaghar Pathsala project, a school in the rural village of Pumdi-Bhumdi, near Pokhara. She is now distributing supplies and giving psychological support to the communities hit by the earthquake. She sent us these photos while visiting Gorkha, one of the most affected regions.

On behalf of Matka’s Nepal Aid Campaign, we are sending her part of the benefits obtained from the sales of the current collection.

The other part of the benefits are being sent to Vishnu, the tailor who made our latest pieces. He lives in Kathmandu and lost his house during the earthquake.

He sent us this picture to thank you all for your support!

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Discovering Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea, London.

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‘Frida’ by Ishiuchi Miyako. Michael Hoppen Gallery, London. Until July 12th.

“Following Kahlo’s death in 1954 her husband Diego Rivera began placing her personal effects into the bathroom of their Mexico City house, “The Blue House”, which later became the Museo Frida Kahlo. Rivera gave instructions that this room should remain sealed until fifteen years after his death and it in fact remained unopened until 2004 when the museum decided to organise and catalogue the contents. Ishiuchi Miyako was invited to photograph these artefacts, over 300 unseen relics of Kahlo’s life.”  Continue reading …

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Only a couple of days ago we found out that Vishnu, the tailor who made our latest pieces, lost his house during the earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25th. Now the benefits obtained from the sale of the D44 Midi Silk Skirt (one of his creations) will be sent to help him rebuild a new home.

Thank you all for supporting Nepal !

*All donations are being sent directly to the casualties.

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DONATIONS NEPAL-

Please, note that this will only apply to the items available on the website and not elsewhere.  We know a few NGOs that are working on the ground at the moment but we will be very happy to hear your suggestions of where you would like the donations to be sent.  In any case and regardless of our offer, we would like to remind you that every contribution counts, so please, consider donating. A lot of help is needed. Thank you all!

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PRAY

All our prayers are with Nepal. Kali Gandaki River, January 2014.

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Finally made it to Brighton. Here the remains of the West Pier.

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First thing on my list : Follow Leida’s (Warp & Weft) suggestion and visit Igigi General Store.

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Stunning.

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The General Store has a bright and cozy cafe on the top floor and  a couple of doors away is Igigi Women’s Boutique with a fine selection of clothing. Highly recommended.

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In Pelicano I had possibbly the best coffee since I arrived to the UK. Though it’s a pity I only had coffee.

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HC

After a hectic week,  today I found peace in these pages. Issue 04, Hole and Corner Magazine.

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Dale Rogers’ fossil, crystal  and mineral collection. Images by Dan Tobin Smith.

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Julia Jarvis interviews Adele Stafford, founder of Voices of Industry, a project that I truly admire. Images by Backyard Bill.

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So delighted to encounter Amy Revier once again. Images by Jake Curtis.

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Warp & Weft

So happy to announce that Warp & Weft, located in the heart of the Old Town of Hastings (East Sussex, UK) will stock a selection of our one- off pieces. It’s such a gift to be working with talented Leida Nassir-Pour, founder of this beautiful and inspiring space.  Image on the right by Claire Richardson.

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HANDWEAVERS

At the Handweavers Studio & Gallery in Seven Sisters you can find looms, yarns, weaving tools, chemical and natural dyes, a great selection of books and magazines … And you can also find all sorts of animal and vegetable unspun fibers such as wool, silk, bamboo, milk protein, soya, seacell, ramie, etc. The unspun fiber shown above is Tussah silk.

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     HASTINGS

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Lovely visit to Hastings, a small fishermen’s town in East Sussex. The perfect place for an antiques treasure hunt. Last two pictures above belong to the captivating  AG Hendy Home Store.

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 One of the most inspiring finds so far in London.  Livingstone Studio, Hampstead.

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Hampstead, London.

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SELVEDGE

Selvedge Magazine is an endless source of information. Here reading about the Herero tribe of Namibia captured in  Jim Naughten‘s  book ‘Conflict and Costume’.

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Egg Trading. A hidden gem in Kinnerton Street (Belgravia, London).

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HAPPY HOLI

Happy Holi from Notting Hill!

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Getting inspired in Jardin Majorelle, Marrakech.

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Find of the day, Marrakech.

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Waking up in Marrakech.

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Behind the scenes with photographer Liberto Fillo and talent Joanna Flaczynska. Hair: Delphine Bonnet / Make up: Snowkei.

Joanna is wearing the Natural Silk Shawl.

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Making new tote bags.

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Amy Revier performing her art at Hostem (Shoreditch, London). Pure inspiration.

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Remembering the trek to Langtang, Nepal.

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MACEDONIA

What initially was a rough and thick kind of silk, it ended up embracing a lot more. Since its launch a few days ago, we’ve found out that MATKA also means: MOTHER in Polish and Czech. JOURNEY in Finnish. WOMB in Macedonian.

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Introducing MATKA to the world. Photo: Marta Moreiras.

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WEAVING COURSE_*

Weaving course with Anna Champeney. Casa dos Artesáns, Cristosende, Ribeira Sacra (Ourense, Spain).

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Behind the scenes of our first photo shoot with photographer Marta Moreiras in Santiago de Compostela, Spain.