ias Series Bags
A collaboration between Indonesian brand Dvipa, by Fani Atmanti and Ngo Maria Christina, and Singaporean designer Karyn Lim. The Nias Series bags are inspired by architectural elements of the Bawömatalou Village in Nias, Indonesia. A jigsaw of wood carved elements and soft leather handmade into geometric volumes, these bags are a fine blend of traditional and contemporary. The Nias Series comprises 3 bags - the Omo, Hombo and Botö, each telling a unique story.
The Omo is inspired by the unique V-brace architectural structure of the wooden houses in the Bawömataluo Village. Houses in the village were built in the 18th century. They are highly resistant to earthquakes due to the v-brace structure constructed without the use of nails above stone foundations. Taking reference from this architectural characteristic, the Omo bag has v-patterned cuts in its outer wooden skin, allowing it to transform from flat to a structured volume. Hombo Batu or Stone Jumping is about a courageous warrior who leaps across a tall pile of stones. As a display of their courage, strength and agility, the young men of Nias would jump over stone walls over two-meters tall, topped with deadly spikes and sharp bamboo sticks in the past.
The Hombo backpack takes its shape from tall stone walls. Constructed entirely from leather, this backpack is spacious and durable. An adu zatua hangs on the front to the backpack. This wooden carving, representing a human, was thought to prevent misfortune.
The Botö is the stratification of Nias traditional houses into the upper world, earth, and the underworld. This tripartite structure refers to a spiritual differentiation where the roof is for ancestors and gods, the living area for everyday life and the ground floor for storage and animals. The Böto clutch is likewise divided into 3 sections, providing storage space for your evening essentials - cash, cards and cellphone.
Dvipa and Karyn first met at the ASEAN Creative Youth Industry Fair 2015 held in Jakarta. Both were exhibiting bags made of wood and leather. Finding similarities in interests and excited by the differences in culture and experience, Dvipa and Karyn began to create the Nias Series together.
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