From the exhibition “Songs of My Soul: Lyrical Weavings of Contemporary Textile Art by Kachama” at Tamarind Village over 6 years ago to the Raya Curated Collection, Kachama Perez has once again brought to bear the spirit of the instinctual artist to the eyes of the world.
In this collection of individually designed handwoven bags, 12 inimitable pieces have been meticulously created with great artistry, marrying the fruits of mother earth – natural materials such as hemp and silk – with the artist’s intrinsic appreciation for local tribal wisdom and rich worldly experience. Each original piece is a true reflection of Kachama’s unique approach to design, fueled by creativity and modern ideas, yet rooted in deep respect for the old ways.
The only ones of their kind.
The Instinctual Design: Kachama Perez X Raya Curated Collection presents a rare selection of 12 handwoven bags, predominantly made from raw hemp fibre intricately woven on a traditional handloom. Each piece is uniquely adorned with natural materials such as raw silk and antique Hmong Batik, which are made entirely by hand, from dyeing to wax drawing. On average, each piece required nearly a month to be completed as time and attention were crucial in the making of the collection.
Moreover, relics of the “Five Gods” were used as buttons on some of the pieces. These are believed to enhance charm and auspiciousness as well as attract kindness and prosperity.
Where heart and soul are entwined in a design, a masterpiece is created. The process of making this handwoven hemp shoulder bag takes more than meets the eyes. While the natural materials used may exude simplicity, the weaving process required time, patience, physical strength, and impeccable skills – from preparing and winding the warp to dressing the loom. This is what makes the artistry becomes more perceptible, more personal, and the result, aesthetically unparalleled.
When crafts are made with care, attention, and respect for the old ways, the result is unmatched.
The Kachama Perez X Raya Curated Collection perfectly weaves traditions with the intrinsic passions of the designer to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are unlike any other. They are not merely objects, but aesthetic creations born of the skills, concentration, and love of the weaver.