JAMAICA X BELIZE | DrennaLUNA x MayaBags

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The skirt portion of this dress is made of individually cut flowers featuring six petals, folded together in three stages and attached to the core fabric of the garment. Fabric for the jacket and bodice has been created from the selvedge offcuts of the fabric that was used for these flowers, by sewing rows of selvedge together for a subtly manipulated textile. The look is completed with a hand-made bag from MayaBags, an artisanal company in Belize working to preserve and enhance traditional Maya handwork skills. The
“uh tok” or in English “Moon Spark” basket purse is made from a coiled and stitched basket frame woven of plant fiber (Jippi Jappa), covered with a Maya hand-woven fabric, lined with Dupion silk, and fastened with a coconut button and macramé loop closure.

Drennaluna

The creative brain behind drennaLUNA belongs to Arlene L. Martin, a native Jamaican whose shows are the most eagerly awaited at Caribbean Fashion Week. Named after her grandmother, drennaLUNA is a line of day, evening and swimwear. Vibrant colours, fluid draping and elegant silhouettes are trademark to the drennaLUNA brand.

MAYABAGS

MayaBags is a handmade, design-driven accessories collection, inspired by nature and crafted with the artisanal skills and spirit of the Maya. The driving motivation behind the business was a desire to save and in fact enhance the quickly vanishing Maya handwork skills, and in doing so empower Maya women as income producers in their households, to encourage them to send their girls to high school along with their boys, to preserve their traditional hand skills, and to build a business—not just a charity. The bag featured in this look was handwoven by Maria Ack, and the basketry coiling was done by Faustina Choc.

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