The Omni collection is the second installment of Myles Lorènzo journey of education, appreciation, and celebration through a showcase of the traditional Javanese fabric: the Batik. For our second collection, we aim to provide space for the narrative of the fabric's untold origins and history in order to combat — and ultimately work to reverse — the erasure of its Asian roots.
— the Batik has evolved to embody the styles of each country that's served as part of its journey.
As a fabric and fabric style passed through so many hands — the Batik first appeared most prominently in India (South Asia) before passing to Indonesia (Southeast Asia), where it was finally traded by the colonial Dutch powers to West Africa — the Batik has evolved to embody the styles of each country that's served as part of its journey. Despite the fabric's Asian origins, we've found that the Batik is often perceived to be an exclusively African garment — an opinion that reinforces the dearth of Asian (namely, South and Southeast Asian) history in the Occidental world.
In keeping with the Myles Lorènzo tradition of challenging existing power structures, our second collection Omni aims to explore and understand these intricate roots. With Omni, we hope to do more than just show you how beautiful the Batik is, where it came from, how it grew in each of these places, and what it looks like today.
With Omni, we hope to show you the importance — and the necessity — of unearthing untold narratives and celebrating them the best we can.
Words contributed by Eda Yu