Malai : Fin(it)e

Malai : Fin(it)e

Fin (it) e collection - vita brevis

“Nic netrvá večne, ani taška jednej slečny.”

Malai is a material developed entirely from organic sources and as such it constantly transforms over time making it subject to eventual decay. We have developed material that is drawn from, and will ultimately return to, nature.

Part of our practice as material researchers and designers is the quest to question how and where people would use the material we develop. Questioning scale and patterns of human consumption is tightly bound to identifying what kind of material we need today.

With over 7 billion people living on our planet today we question how relevant up to date manufacturing processes and materials used in them are. Part of products value is determined by its ability to last and be resilient towards dent of time and wear. If a product lasts longer we are more likely to purchase it regardless of whether we actually will or will not use it for long period of time. At the same time there is an ongoing discussion about the necessity to adopt biodegradable materials mainly for items of fast consumption. But biodegradable means subject to constant transformation and eventual decay.

Are we, as consumers ready to embrace the organic nature of materials? What do we chose to value more?

For the Substanz: Kabinet of curiosities show we are presenting small collection of accessories made from Malai. It is an outcome of ongoing material studies we conduct with this newly developed organic material to test its feasibility for an array of applications within fashion industry.

Accessories are objects we use every days that are functional yet important part of one’s identity. We are using combination of processes and techniques that are intrinsic to the material’s character and properties. We chose to use brass as a supporting material for Malai. Brass is a metal that too will transform and oxidise over time. The stitches made with thin brass wire are decorative in a subtle way but at the same time they strengthen and protect malai material in its most vulnerable places like corners, edges and folds.