FIJI X VANUATU + SEYCHELLES | Hupfeld Hoerder Designs x Tousong Kalsong – Liza Garo – Marie Rorou x Anna & Rolan Payet

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Hupfeld has created an off-the-shoulder, corseted blouse from Vanuatu fibre, with a peplum finished with Fijian magimagi (coconut fibre), barkcloth and mother of pearl shells embroidered into a geometric flower pattern. The skirt is made from recycled Fijian Masi cloth (a traditional cotton fabric) that is hand-printed with geometric designs representing various parts of the region and embellished with appliqued flowers. The look has been completed with jewellery created by Rolan & Anna Payet, using shells from the Seychelles.

Hupfeld Hoerder Designs

Drawing on his Rotuman heritage, Hupfeld Hoerder captures the culture and beauty of his paradise islands home of Fiji, in his richly patterned fashion collections. The islands and islets that make up Fiji are tiny specks in the vast Pacific, and carry cultural references from neighbouring Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Hoerder, whose career spans 25 years, replicates the cultural diversity of the islands through vibrantly coloured prints, natural fibres and traditional motifs. His designs have won him many national fashion and business awards in the Pacific.

Tousong Kalsong – Liza Garo – Marie Rorou

Pentecost Island is one of the 83 islands that make up the nation of Vanuatu, in the South Pacific. The three designers that exchanged their artisan skills with Hupfeld are Tousong Kalsong, Liza Garo and Marie Rorou, each living on Pentecost and maintaining cultural decoration used in ceremonies for many centuries. Beadwork from Tousong, uses shells previously reserved for ceremonies such as marriage, death, circumcision and chiefly rankings. Liza worked on necklaces fashioned from seeds and sand according to a custom known as Bwati Pani while Marie wove leaves and grasses to make a white mat.

Anna & Rolan Payet

Husband and wife team Rolan and Anna Payet are craftspeople from the Seychelles. Rolan designs the jewellery and cuts, and Anna helps with the finishing touches and with designing. Everything is handmade, using broken, dead and found shells from the Seychelles to create their products.

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