THE STORY OF LARAS

Connecting handmade Indonesian textiles to Dutch fashion designers. To empower the textiles and the artisans. A tribute to my Dutch-Indonesian roots.

Growing up I saw a lot of beautiful Indonesian cloths, like the ones my mom used for her Javanese dancing or when we went to family weddings in Indonesia. And yeah, our whole house was full of these textiles. A few years ago, I started to explore my Indonesian roots. Learning more and more about these handmade textiles and the artists who make these textiles with such dedication. I even found out that my mother's grandmother used to make the Indonesian textile batik. I'm so proud this beautiful art is part of my family's heritage. 

Nowadays sadly a lot of these textiles are machine-made and mass-produced. There is no soul, there is no story, there's no person behind the cloth. Out of respect for my family's heritage, the handmade textiles and it's makers, I feel obligated to protect this art and their makers. So I started my company LARAS, to show the world these beautiful cloths and their makers. With LARAS by collaborating with Dutch fashion designers I'm making it possible for people to wear these beautiful handmade textiles in a modern way and let people proudly show their support for the art.

We select the handmade Indonesian Textiles (Ikat, Batik, Songket, Endek) one by one directly from the makers, so each bag is unique. Some of the cloths are family vintage pieces, donated by my Indonesian oma Oetje (grandma) or my mother. My talented aunt Atiet who lives in Indonesia not only manage the business in Indonesia, she also makes the first collection bags with much love and dedication. I am so grateful for her love and dedication. 

Do you want to work together with me to create awesome new things in fashion! Mail me: larasbagsnl@gmail.com

With love, Lara Peeters

 
My Indonesian mom and Dutch dad 

My Indonesian mom and Dutch dad 

With the weavers of Flores (Lepo Lorun) 

With the weavers of Flores (Lepo Lorun) 

My aunt in Indonesia 

My aunt in Indonesia 

Me trying to batik

Me trying to batik

My Indonesian oma Oetje

My Indonesian oma Oetje

My mom and me in Dutch magazine Vriendin 

My mom and me in Dutch magazine Vriendin 


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