Editing the choices we are faced with into those that truly reflect our soul intention and those that merely hold transitory appeal, is how we make the best decisions for ourselves.
Like fashion for example. Choosing items that are made to last (that in fact get better with the wearing), have elegance, function and grace – we know these are the clothes worthy of our investment – and steers us clear of passing fads and tawdry temptations!
And so it is we have fallen in love with the luxury and integrity of linen label La Bottega di Brunella, a staple to our wardrobes here at St Barts.
La Bottega di Brunella use the traditional artisanal methods of Italian manufacturing of flax. From the weaving of fibres into yarn, to the final product, this label honours the heritage of Italian linen manufacturing, making garments that can be worn for decades.
Regarded in Europe as the best quality fabric, linen is both durable and sustainable. When un-dyed it is totally biodegradable. The more you wash linen the softer it gets and it’s open weaves let the skin breathe, making it the ideal fabric for hot climates.
But above function, what we wear on the outside must connect with our interior landscape. With their fluid forms, timeless elegance and palettes drawn entirely from nature, La Bottega di Brunella have not only inspired how we want to dress, but have reminded us of who we really are.
It is written in the stars that our hearts find rest in the land of our childhood, but still the global wanderer in us yearns for connection to the greater whole, to explore and experience things far from home.
So it is that we find our peace here in the bright sunshine on this coastal edge of Queensland, but our homes are filled with talismans of travel.
Nothing gives us greater pleasure than to work directly with the people who create the things we love and to know that we are helping sustain their lives through their craft. Take for example the latest range of cushions and throws we have introduced to the St Barts collection.
These beautiful textiles come from Nagaland in northeast India and are made by women using their traditional weaving technique. The weavers are highly skilled, most of whom rely completely on their primitive style loin-loom weaving for their livelihood. The promotion of their textiles to designers such as ourselves has been instrumental in the continuation of woven products as fewer women are engaged in the craft today. Taking advantage of the flexibility of the loin-loom, the weavers work within the confines of their own homes, which not only allows them to conduct their other chores but also ensures that they are not displaced.
For our own range we chose the combination simple geometric designs and tones of raw white, black and navy with textural highlights. The over-all effect is distinctly tribal yet refined and elegant, and knowing that while we make our homes more beautiful we are helping others stay safe in theirs is the kind of story we hope to keep on telling.
Discover our textile collection created by the women of Naga here….