Emerging Designer Spotlight: Saya Designs
Victoria Jones wanted to create more than sophisticated, hand crafted hair pieces. She was keen on making a difference. Her line, SAYA Designs tells the story of transparency, sustainability and the circular economy in an effort to make an impact on the environment and communities. Known as the oldest form of accessories, their hair adornments are made from root wood, which is considered waste and is sourced by Made & Ways local artisans from plantations in Indonesia. The pieces, often from rosewood and tamarind roots are carved, sanded down and finished with natural wax and oils by Balinese artisans.
The designs and names are inspired by a local plant such as the banana leaf or pandan and come in a spectrum of organic shades. Suited for all types of hair lengths, the pieces work on a variety of hair styles. The wood also holds the natural oil from hair, making it healthier than plastic alternatives and leads to less breakage.
For each item purchased, the brands plants up to 10 endangered tree species back into the rainforests through their NGO partners. This in turn helps to combat climate change-related problems and strengthens the local environment.
Inspired by nature, handmade by Balinese artisans and fuelled by a commitment to the environment, SAYA Designs is a brand new, heart-centred venture. Using root wood salvaged from old plantations in Indonesia, we create unique, beautiful and functional hair sticks. Each hairpin also gives back to the environment it came from, as up to ten endangered tree species are planted in its place in rainforests across Indonesia. This is just the beginning.
Learn more at Saya Designs.
Emerging designer or resource to share? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to sign up for our newsletter to learn about the latest news, open calls, events and opportunities!