A visual editorial exploring a return to the elements with a new emerging label, SAYA Designs. Each hairpin is created utilizing salvaged wood, with each purchase directly supporting the replanting of rainforests.

One of the most gratifying elements of being an ethical/sustainable fashion blogger is seeing the innovation in design and approach for emerging brands and labels; individuals zeroing down on the best way to capitalize on existing materials and resources, while also providing new sources of incomes for individuals. Today, we explore

S A Y A DESIGNS
ON FORM AND FUNCTION:

The brainchild of
Victoria Jones, SAYA is the newest addition to the fair trade and environmental conversation. SAYA’s collection of wooden hair pins are hand carved by Balinese artisans, using salvaged root wood from old plantation sites in Indonesia.

By using this waste material left behind by loggers, SAYA strays from adding to the huge logging industry across the world, and for each purchase, up to 10 endangered tree species are planted back into the rainforests of Indonesia.

SAYA’s partner organization is GAIA, which works with local communities to address forestry issues and biodiversity for long term sustainability.

ON THE AESTHETIC:
The ethical fashion industry is thriving in terms of volume of emerging brands and labels, but the nature of its products is often very similar in natureminimalistic, basic tees to organic cotton tote bags. It’s refreshing to see a new aesthetic, element, and accessory be added to the mix.

Putting flowers in your hair is second level. Cue the ultimate return of the elements: wood.  

However, an important note in sustainable material: wood is only an environmentally friendly material if it is consciously sourced. Searching for solutions, Victoria came across Made & Wayan, sculptors digging up and recycling root wood from old plantations across Indonesia. The roots were left behind by loggers harvesting trees on large-scale production sites, taking hundreds of years to decompose and have little value for the soil.

With a background in visual arts, Victoria designs each piece with a unique silhouettes and functionality for a wide array of hairstyles, available in recycled rosewood, teak, and tamarind:




As per own aesthetic, SAYA Designs compliments my own personal hair’s current situation: thriving in its native waves and curls a return to the natural state.

Styles pictured:

The Tapioca in Rosewood

The Taro in Tamarind & Rosewood

The Chanang in Tamarind & Rosewood


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