Mari-Mari rein­vents flo­ral prints on a dig­i­tal back­drop

Lo­cal fash­ion brand Mari Mari gives daisies a run for their money

Northern Living - - CONTENTS - TEXT BEA LLAGAS PHO­TOG­RA­PHY PA­TRICK SE­GOVIA Mari-mari, shop­mari­

The Philip­pines is home to more than 13,000 species of plants, 30 to 40 per­cent of which can­not be found any­where else in the world. That’s why it’s re­fresh­ing to see na­tive flora at the fore­front of modern de­sign, es­pe­cially in a cre­ative in­dus­try as in­flu­en­tial as fash­ion.

Thanks to Mari Mari, our fa­vorite flow­ers fi­nally get the ul­ti­mate fash­ion treat­ment. Hardin & Habi is the brand’s maiden col­lec­tion, con­sist­ing of ba­sic pieces re-imag­ined with play­ful prints that were in­spired by Philip­pine flo­rals and weaves. Alessan­dra Lanot, Mari Mari’s pat­tern designer, metic­u­lously hand-painted each print with gouache and wa­ter­col­ors be­fore print­ing on fabric.

The prints come in pairs. Here, the Wal­ingWal­ing & Gad­dang high­lights the bold charm of or­chids and the river-in­spired pat­terns wo­ven by the Gad­dang tribe of Ca­gayan Val­ley; and Mil­flo­res & Banig fea­tures hy­drangeas that sym­bol­ize grat­i­tude, friend­ship, and de­vo­tion, lay­ered on the pop­u­lar hand-wo­ven mat.

“Hardin & Habi aims to pro­vide an al­ter­nate way to con­nect the wearer to her na­ture and be proud of her own cul­ture,” says Lanot. It’s ev­i­dent that Mari Mari is a force (of na­ture) to be reck­oned with.

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