KABRA is a contemporary men’s collection in which traditional Surinamese patterns and designs are innovatively incorporated into a modern, western silhouette.
Kabra Collection 2021
The KABRA collection consists of classic designs, subtle details in the finish, and choices of materials. Reminiscent of Italian simplicity but refined designs. If you pay a little more attention. You will see applications and prints of Surinamese traditional origin. All subtle and carefully placed with meaning and reason.
The collection is entirely inspired by Surinamese traditions and culture. Traditional knotting techniques are applied and constructed in Suriname by women of indigenous descent who have been using these techniques for centuries. For example, there are four hand-knotted sweaters that took 112 hours of manual work each. Two wool coats are hand-embroidered using traditional Saramaccan techniques in traditional Tembe patterns. All were executed by women whose ancestors created these techniques. Every piece in the collection reflects the source of inspiration, the history of Suriname. Although the source of inspiration is obvious and powerful, it is not exclusive to people of Surinamese descent only. This collection is for everyone with a refined taste, longing for authenticity, and a desire for a label with significance.
“Culture is a gift that is passed on from generation to generation. With this, we remain connected with the ancestors who established these practices in order to keep us in touch with our spiritual essence”.
“This is inextricably linked to Surinamese rituals, the foundation on which it's formed by traditional clothing. The inspiration for this collection consists of patterns, colors, craft techniques, and materials that are characteristic of this. By incorporating these into contemporary garments, Xhosa gives the next generation the opportunity to integrate their culture into their daily lives and convey the message again”.
“This collection is a tribute to our ancestors. In Sranan Tongo we call them; KABRA”.
About Giorgio Toppin
Recurring themes in his work are spirituality/mysticism and how to navigate western society.