海女 Ama – a spring/summer sportswear collection for women.
self directed project (2021)
The Ama (Japanese: 海女, “women of the sea”) are Japanese free divers, famous for collecting pearls as their century old profession. These women embody both fragility and incredible strength. Diving up to thirty meters deep without any equipment, collecting pearls and certain seafood in a sustainable way.
海女, Japanese for “women of the sea”
Ama 海女 – This concept is a modern translation from the traditional Ama women. It enhances both the fragility and female strength expressed in a contemporary way. Design inspiration is taken from the Ama like the flowing effect of textile moving underwater, their free-diving gear, the colors and breathability of their fishnets and sustainable way of working. This translates itself into wide wrinkled textile details contrasting to fitted fits, mesh details for extra breathability, and most textiles sourced sustainably.