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SHASADA

“FASHION IS NOT MERELY ART, FASHION REMINDS YOU OF WHO YOU ARE”

SHASADA IS A FASHION LABEL FROM SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA DESIGNED BY PAPUAN BORN SHASA DAVIES. SHASA'S DESIGNS STEM FROM EARLY EXPOSURE TO THE TECHNIQUES BEHIND THE CREATION OF CULTURALLY SIGNIFICANT PAPUA BATIK FABRICS AND HER MOTHER'S INFLUENCE AS A HOME SEAMSTRESS.
 
PAPUA BATIK IS A UNIQUE FORM OF BATIK DESIGN FROM THE REGION OF PAPUA, INDONESIA. PAPUA BATIK IS CHARACTERIZED BY ITS USE OF MEANINGFUL SYMBOLS, WHICH ARE SIGNIFICANT TO THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE AREA FROM WHICH IT COMES. A COMMON SYMBOL FEATURED IN SHASADA’S COLLECTION IS THE BIRD OF PARADISE OR ‘BURUNG CENDRAWASI’. IN PAPUA, THE BIRD OF PARADISE SYMBOLIZES BEAUTY, PROSPERITY AND HAPPINESS REFLECTING THE SIMPLICITY AND SOCIAL CULTURE OF THE PAPUAN PEOPLE.
 
THE BATIK TECHNIQUE IS A VERY DETAILED AND DELICATE PROCESS INVOLVING GREAT SKILL AND PATIENCE. THE TECHNIQUE INVOLVES WAX RESIST DYEING APPLIED TO CLOTH IN A HIGHLY COMPLICATED MANNER. IT IS MADE EITHER BY DRAWING DOTS AND LINES OF THE RESIST WITH A SPOUTED TOOL CALLED A ‘TJANTING’, OR BY PRINTING THE RESIST WITH A COPPER STAMP CALLED A ‘CAP’. THE APPLIED WAX RESISTS DYES AND THEREFORE ALLOWS THE ARTISAN TO COLOUR SELECTIVELY BY SOAKING THE CLOTH IN ONE COLOUR, REMOVING THE WAX WITH BOILING WATER, AND REPEATING IF MULTIPLE COLOURS ARE DESIRED. DUE TO THE INTRICACY OF THE BATIK DESIGNS AND THE NEED TO PATTERN MATCH, ONE DRESS TAKES ABOUT ONE WEEK TO CONSTRUCT.
 
SHASA DAVIES IS THE FIRST PAPUAN FASHION DESIGNER BASED IN SYDNEY. BORN AND BRED IN MERAUKE, INDONESIA SHE IS PROUD OF THE CONNECTION SHE STILL SHARES WITH PAPUA THROUGH HER WORK AS A DESIGNER. SHE TRAVELS BACK TO HER HOMELAND REGULARLY TO SOURCE THE VERY BEST FABRICS FOR HER COLLECTIONS. HER DESIGNS ARE INSPIRED BY THE STRENGTH AND SIMPLICITY OF THE TRADITIONAL PAPUAN WOMAN AND CELEBRATE THE COLOURFUL CULTURE OF WHICH SHE WILL ALWAYS BE A PART.


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SHASADA BY SHASA DAVIES