It’s not hard to find socially motivated businesses, mama — if you know where to look. Amidst all our local talent, homegrown brand MATTER is one that’s making big waves. Through her brand’s focus on affordable luxury, thoughtful design, and provenance to create travel wear with stories to tell, founder Renyung Ho creates modern day pants that support and champion alternative production models for rural textile artisans. Every bit of Ren and MATTER is inspiring, because her label educates consumers on the importance of understanding and appreciating where and why something is made.
MATTER’s latest collection, Silk Cities, has just launched online with the introduction of another artisan technique called Ikat. Ikat is a traditional craft that’s essentially a tie-and-dye technique where yarns are dyed and then woven to achieve the final textile pattern in weaving. This new collection showcases five stunning motifs indigenous to ancient cities along the Silk Road. The various silhouettes are updated with four new styles especially focused on their unisex appeal: Modern Monpe, Lounge Lunghi, Fisher Shorts, and Easy Dhoti (our favourite!).
To further understand the beautiful process and story behind the making of the Silk Cities edition, here’s a video that showcases the making of the Ikat:
Click here to see MATTER’s full collection of super-cool prints and pants, mama. We love that they have free shipping and free returns within 30 days, so you can always find super comfy pants that fit just right.