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On Persistence

A setback was just around the corner as Gypsied turned five in May. I had two choices — to give up and let go, or to overcome and keep going.

The hiatus forced me to reflect on the time spent with Gypsied over the last five years. On a journey like this, it can be easy to lose sight of the purpose. My motivations with Gypsied started out pure and simple: searching for an identity. Where is my place in this world? Am I defined by my race? Are my stories connected to my ancestors? How are we all connected to each other? How do I tell these stories without words?

Along the way, I found traditional Asian textiles to be the vessels of history filled with the stories that I have been looking for. Stories with universal lessons and values of hope, faith, love and community. How textiles are made within a community is proof that there is more that binds us than that separates us.

Seeking meaning in life and provenance is universal and I hope to still do it through this form of expression for years to come. 

The Sido Asih batik motif is a symbol of hope and growth (Layar Clutch, $65.90)

The parang batik motif continues to be a symbol of strength, courage and protection (Indra Clutch, $79.90)

  • Aqilah Zailan

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