Beyond Baby Carriers: Creating with fabric
People see my wrap collection and they don’t get it: it’s just fabric right? No! It’s so much more than fabric. It’s the texture, it’s the intricacy of the designs, it’s the threads used, it’s colours interacting, and it’s the way you feel when you touch it!
Wraps are special, and they make you feel special. Wraps have a quality of fabric not often seen in our disposable society. They’re made with love, and for the purpose of sharing love. Wraps look beautiful and feel beautiful; and make the most beautiful things.
I love working with wraps, the fabric in itself is inspiring. Each design evokes a different feeling within; a connection to a style, period, another material or an item that just simply needs to exists for its beauty and the ways its owner will feel using it.
My creating journey with wraps has been slow, though my collection grows rapidly. I take the time to learn skills that match the quality of the materials; to make things that will be precious, loved, and most importantly used.
Each item I make is a stepping stone in a continuum of learning and creating. Materials are sourced and matched, projects are planned, techniques are trialled, and beauty is created along the way. There is no destination, no goal or finish line. It’s a journey that enriches my soul, makes me proud of my accomplishments and excites me with potential.
When I’m deciding what to make, it’s about function and aesthetics. I don’t want creations sitting in a cupboard - I want them to be used! I want them to be the thing that makes you smile each time you look at it because you feel the thoughtfulness and love that went into its creation.
Why are Ankalias one of my favourite wraps? Well, strong design principles help, but it’s the blends and weaves for me. This fabric is meant to touch the skin! The fabric is strong yet mouldable. Single layered designs provide ease to work with and manipulate.
But most importantly it’s the community. It’s the support I see every day, the kindness, generosity and love. It’s uplifting and inspiring. Strangers sharing their hearts and minds in an inclusive way, that’s true beauty! There’s no negativity - only acceptance and encouragement. Women are brought together by a love of babywearing, which demonstrates the values we strive to teach our kids. When I touch and look at Ankalia wraps, I’m filled with these thoughts and feelings.
It’s more then just fabric, it’s connection.
Live, love, create! Pia x
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