Every product we make has their own story and intricate details, but our craftsmanship process as a whole can be summarized as follow:
1 - Mindful Materials
When commonly products are designed and made using the logic of "materials-follow-design" -- and that certainly what we often did in our very beginning, we do it in reverse. Our design and craftsmanship process are based on the raw materials availability, especially when it comes to barkcloth and natural dyes, which we source directly from plants and are not factory-manufactured. We never take too much. We don't overstock. This helps us to be proactive in conscious production.
2 - Nurturing and Constructing Ideas
By learning and understanding about material availability, we have trained ourselves about what to expect (from nature) based on the weather and season. This knowledge has contributed to our creative process to grow and flow (as safely recorded in our "inspiratory" journal) all year round -- who or what inspire us, why we pick the ideas, how to interpret them, what to create, and when it should release. The inspirations are always there. The ideas always circulate. They are waiting to be nurtured and constructed.
Once the base has set, it's time to collect the ideas and consolidate them until they become one narrative entity, which is like a book, may consist of chapters and poems that aim to take us to reflect and reconnect with ourselves and our surrounding.
3 - Design with Mindful Intuition
Though by definition mindfulness and intuition are incompatible with each other, we believe that nature-inspired design has the ability of connecting and fusing them into harmony. As an example, our tunic, outerwear and dress are designed with timeless cut and zero-waste mission. Whilst, for the surface design of those clothes, the threads and fabrics were dyed and ecoprinted with plants that grow or bloom in the season and foraged locally. Even though the cuttings and colors may not keep up with "current trends", there's a deeper meaning in those cuttings and colors that cannot be compared with any replaceable fashion trend. That's a genuine collaboration of mindfulness and intuition.
4 - Natural Dyeing
We are proud of our slow and meditative natural dyeing process. Some dye plants grow in our own dye garden. Some are windfallen as well as freshly-picked from prolific trees growing in our neighborhood and roadsides. Some are discarded from our kitchen, like onion skins, avocado pits and skins, rosemary, and pomegranate skins. When available, we also have the opportunity of collecting flowers and foliage waste from wedding venues and florists. Through the entire process of natural dyeing in our studio, the ingredients we use are 95% from plants (i.e. 32 kinds of dye plants, bio soapnut for scouring, myrobalan as tannin, soy milk and symplocos leaf as mordants, palm vinegar for fixing, and coconut soap for washing) and 5% from minerals (i.e. mud and earth pigments) -- all are safe and non-toxic. Also worth to mention is that we don't use plastic as barrier layer in ecoprinting. We care more about the impact of our practice than focusing only on the surface beauty.
5 - Assembling and Editing
We partner with local seamstress and bag-makers. The vision, values, purpose, story, designs and colors are co-assembled by them into a series of collection. Quality control and improvement is mandatory stage of our production. Once it's passed, the collection is ready to take flight.
6 - Finding New Home: YOU
At Cinta Bumi Artisans, we are committed to embody inspired, authentic, and memorable handcrafted wearable poetry that create positive influence and will be your delightful companions in years to come.
7 - Regrow
Our creations are sourced from and inspired by Mother Nature. It is integral for us to give back what we have borrowed, and we do this step by step, start with replanting and growing trees. Not only the dye plants, but also plants for food, herbs, and medicinal flora. When you purchase our handmade goods and wearable poetry, you walk with us and share your hands to contribute in the continuous cycle of seeds-to-life.