On Saturday 27 April we launched Interwoven, a collaborative event with artists and designers showcasing an Ikebana Ikenobo Flower Exhibition and a collection by Fbudi for Canaan. Over 100 people came to our launch at Unearth Space, 1/15 Coffee Gandaria in Jakarta and enjoyed the exhibition and collection viewing. The flower exhibition ends this weekend please come to our gallery space if you missed it last week. Fbudi for Canaan collection will debut again its second collection at the end of June in Bali. Visit our shop to see the full collection.
Beauty in life is nothing but interactions between elements in fleeting moments. Fibres are intertwined from cottons creating beautiful entanglement in a piece of fabric. Soil, alloys, and stones are expanding, contracting and forming an expressive vessel out of fire. Flowers and petals are blooming their way out of gravity to be then withered slowly. The concept that things (and us) only exist briefly; it is a beautiful reminder to be aware of our own impermanence.
For our first anniversary celebration, Canaan and Ayu Larasati Ceramics are collaborating with artists and designers in their respective fields, unearthing the theme of ephemerality and integrity of natural materials. The dialogue and dynamics between collaborators that happened when faced with limitations and constraints during the process of creating are the ones that is most highlighted in the exhibition. We will start with an opening exhibition at the end of the month followed by a month long of celebratory events.
Unearth 1st Anniversary
“A Month Long Celebration”
27 April - 25 May
Sat, 27 April at 11.30 am
+62 813-1277-5127 (Dyah)
One Fifteenth Coffee
Jl Gandaria 1 no 63
KaIND or Kain Indonesia is a local Indonesian brand that specialises in naturally dyed technique combined with batik mastery based from Pasuruan, East of Java. We met the founder Melie Indarto recently to share our ideas of collaboration as well as listening to her beginnings. Melie a native Pasuruan grew up with the love of textiles and in 2014 stumbled upon a dyeing batik workshop that sparked her enthusiasm to give it a new lease of life. Fast forward to 2019, Melie has not only revitalised that particular batik village in Pasuruan but she has now a team of professionals who can take care of her administrative work and orders.
We were lucky enough to catch Melie in Jakarta and it was great that we could pick and choose her collection that we know our customers would very much love. Melie and her team fused the traditional Pasuruan symbols such as the Bromo Mountain, Chrysanthemum flowers, Tuberose onto their handwoven scarves. Their latest eco-silk scarves used 100% silk and dyed using leaves that are brushed through the fabrics to create their natural printed motifs.
Last two rows of photos courtesy of KaIND.id
New drops of our Marigold and Indigo Shibori collection at Canaan Bali and Unearth Space this week all made of organic Cotton crepe. Mizue-san is a good friend of ours from Bali, after living there for almost 20 years she is now developing our clothing ware with a small and passionate team of Balinese tailors. She creates her own natural-dye vats and extract colors from natural plants that she source locally.
Come see the collection in-store.
Did you know the story of Alice Through The Looking Glass? The writer Lewis Carroll wrote that Alice found her way inside a mirror and discovered a whole new world, a fantastical world where chessmen are alive and objects could talk. Alice had the ball of her time and although it was a dream it felt very real. Often we feel like Alice, especially when we found new products and the process of curation starts there. We conceptualise colours and styles in our visual mind and try to make them into reality. Our most favourite activity as our audience can already tell by now is when we are merchandising the store, it does feel like time can stand still, in the midst of the moment we are frozen in time. The start of a new love they say feels a lot like that, the beginning of a relationship, for us this is very much similar. A few days ago someone asked us what is our pastime activity? Truth be told, we love what we do so much it is like waking up and eating, it is like second nature it keeps us moving forward and challenged. It starts with an idea, creating many scenarios and processes to make it happen, that is exciting, gut wrenching, at times sad and disappointing but it is the only way we know. Canaan is our true love story.
The say to travel is a luxury one can afford and traveling around Indonesia is a whole different experience like no other. As we reflect back to the journey of opening Canaan there is always that one adventure that took us back in time. A beautiful time.
Tana Toraja, the south of Sulawesi, a land with ancient beliefs or as the locals say Aluk To Dolo that means “Ways of the Ancestors” is a mountainous region surround by traditional houses with intricate carvings. We were greeted by the warm welcome of locals and weavers around the island, mostly women with weaving skills that are ingrained in their memory passed from generations.
We watched the sunrise from 1500m above ground up in the mountains where the clouds entered our home, enjoyed many discussion on how best to eat a durian and feasted on traditional Toraja cuisine prepared by Chef Antoine Audran. During our encounters we met Ibu Dinny Yusuf, a pioneer who founded Torajamelo, a foundation focused on empowering women through weaving creating a better work-life balance to overcome poverty. We are reminded once again that education is key to Indonesia, the lack of education for the young generation is a problematic issue in many rural parts of Indonesia and only education we can empower young women and men to believe in themselves and elevate their confidence. Once again we are humbled by this experience and we hope that we can visit Tana Toraja again soon.
What comes to mind when you hear the words women and entrepreneurship? What are you associating with when you’re coming across women-led businesses? Are you a woman entrepreneur yourself, wanting to share your thoughts and experiences on what it takes to run a business?
On Saturday, 9th of March Canaan and Ayu Larasati on behalf of Unearth space collaborated on Unearth Real Talks where women entrepreneurs openly share and reflect on issues ranging from applying personal values into our businesses, dealing with impostor syndrome, and what it takes to keep going. Together with Maesy Ang from Post Bookshop, Dian Elvira from Kemala Homeliving and facilitated by Ika Vantiani we had a open gathering with 19 other participants who attended. We had 17 amazing ladies and two awesome guys who paid to attend our first talk. It was a very heartfelt discussion where each of us shared our experiences and a lot of notes were taken.
To read more about the experience please go to Unearth instagram page at @unearth_space
Unearth Real Talks:
Women and Entrepreneurship
Saturday March 9 2019 at 2 PM - 4 PM
IDR 225.000 included canapés and drinks
2nd. Floor of 1/15 Coffee
Jl. Gandaria I no.63 South Jakarta