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Type of busi­ness: Con­tem­po­rary ac­ces­sories made from hand­wo­ven tra­di­tional ikat Founder: Franki Turner


Who knew that tra­di­tional fab­rics like ikat and songket had such il­lus­tri­ous well-trav­elled his­to­ries? Well, Franki knows all about this be­cause she has made it her mis­sion to not only cre­ate beau­ti­ful ac­ces­sories us­ing these fab­rics, but to im­merse her­self in their her­itage and to know ex­actly where they come from and whose hands weave it. If that isn’t com­mit­ment to a prod­uct, what is?

Ikat is a type of fab­ric found in the ar­eas of South­east Asia to Cen­tral Asia and even South Amer­ica. It’s ver­sa­tile, unique and, more im­por­tantly, tells the story of its ori­gins and the cul­ture of the peo­ple who weave it. It has of­fi­cially be­come a cool print, seen on ev­ery­thing from cush­ion cov­ers to swim­suits and de­signer clothes. But the orig­i­nal fab­ric is hand-wo­ven us­ing or­gan­i­cally dyed cot­ton or silk thread and has noth­ing to do with mass pro­duc­tion. And Franki­tas is a brand that cel­e­brates this.

Yet another mum with a cor­po­rate back­ground who de­cided to pur­sue her love of fash­ion and fab­rics, Franki (a kam­pung girl at heart) grew up in In­done­sia and has al­ways loved the tex­tiles of her child­hood. The main rea­son she started her own busi­ness was to have the con­trol and the free­dom of how she di­vided her time be­tween three chil­dren, her hus­band and work. In the be­gin­ning Franki strug­gled to bal­ance her ef­forts, but af­ter a steep learn­ing curve, she fo­cused on cre­at­ing a solid struc­ture and rou­tine at home, which was im­per­a­tive for time man­age­ment (that again!).

The main­stays of her col­lec­tion are var­i­ous de­signs of clutches com­ple­mented by travel bags, scarfs and jew­ellery in vivid shades show­cas­ing the inim­itable pat­terns that are unique to tra­di­tional wo­ven fab­ric. What makes Franki­tas spe­cial is the pride and re­spect to the ar­ti­sans each piece em­bod­ies, which is a rare qual­ity in a world of mass pro­duc­tion.

When asked what ad­vice she would have for a po­ten­tial mumpreneur, Franki had this to say, ‘Fol­low your pas­sion, come out of your com­fort zone and take risks.’

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