I have heard it is all in the name. Cape Jade is a plant from South Africa, otherwise known as the Jade plant and Lucky plant. I feel very fortunate to be able to incorporate my love of nature and preservation of the planet, love for the women who help me make Cape Jade's one of a kind pieces and love for the women who wear them.
Each piece of wearable art begins with dying the cloth. Botanical dyeing is a slow process of working with the rhythms of nature. For me, the rusults are far more interesting, holistic and beautiful in hue than commercial dyeing. Using these ancient techniques, I have learned to slow down, be more aware and appreciative of beauty. First, I start by collecting rainwater from our rooftop. Plant dyes like the alkilinity of rain water and by using what I collect, I am conscious of my consumption. Spending time in nature is my passion. When I forage leaves and flowers, I tune in, always asking the plants permission and being careful to not take too much from each source. In my studio, I artfully arrange and combine the leaves with an imagination for the shapes and the colors they will become, seeking balance and harmony. I then roll them carefully into bundles. Alchemy occurs when they are put into a steamy cauldron causing the iron and the tannins of the leaves to react. The result is the eco print, immortalizing each leaf onto the silk. Just as no two women’s beauty is ever the same, each eco print’s ethereal beauty is unique unto itself.
This season I have focused on clothing for romancing your sleep and living radiantly. During these times finding harmony and having good self care has never been more important. My journey into sleep awareness began when my mom got diagnosed with Alzheimer's this year. I learned just how important sleep is for better cognitive function and brain health and that even when we inherit a genetic tendency, there are many things we can do to develop better neuro plasticity keeping us healthy. Then the covid pandemic started and self care and sleep became even more a priority for all of us. I hope that my collection will entice you to enjoy taking better care of yourself and live your live more radiantly.
Why kimonos? Because they are a sensual, luxurious and unique. They are designed to be heirloom pieces to be loved and cherished year after year. I want you to feel special. They are made from silk, a material so soft, it became an adjective. My kimonos are designed to be worn anywhere. I like that you can dress them up, wear them intimately or out with a pair of torn jeans and a tee. That’s the idea…the special occasion is right now…Right now I want to feel special. I want to feel sensual. I want these pieces to ignite your sense of being a Goddess- confident, comfortable in your skin and adorned in a way that brings out your own unique beauty so you can shine.
Enjoy our woven, botanically dyed and eco printed prayer shawls. Each has been envisioned to represent a quality from the five elements. They are made with the mantra Om Namah Shivaya as a love song to our deepest nature. They are imbued with a prayer for each specific quality. I chose to make prayer shawls to hold and support people with intention for their meditation/prayer practices or whenever they would like to be comforted with a physical reminder.
Completing the circle of love and honoring that all beings and the planet are interconnected, 10% of all profits are given to Greenpop, a nonprofit organization planting trees and greening communities, and empowering environmental stewards across Sub-Saharan Africa. Read how you can also get involved on my page about Greenpop!