GOODNIGHT ALOHA SHIRT
The wild woman dancing in the landscape is one of the most important figures in Balinese mythology ‘Rangda’ (the Demon Queen) and whilst she is said to eat children and fly over villages with her entrails hanging out, she is also a protector and healer. Rangda is in an eternal battle with her counterpart Barong (the embodiment of positive / constructive forces) and the two fight in a struggle for spiritual equilibrium. The Balinese believe that darkness/light, good/evil, Sekala/Niskala, Rangda/Barong are inseparable symbiotic-forces that could not exist in isolation from one another and they honour both sides with spiritual recognition and offerings of respect.
Bali is a sacred place, home to warm people and a rich culture... there is no denying the magic in the air… it is strangely palpable and cannot be explained. ‘GOODNIGHT’ is a humble observation on the increasing swell of unconscious tourism and mass over-development happening on its shores. With vast changes rapidly occurring Bali is coming face to face with western consumerist-ideology and instead of learning artistic crafts passed down from generation to generation, the majority of young Balinese now choose to pursue careers in western hotels and resorts.
The title ‘do not go gentle into that good night’ references a Dylan Thomas poem and is a strong invocation to live boldly and meet darkness with light.
Midnight blue/multicoloured tencel fabric
Original Artwork featuring scenes from Balinese mythology
Mother of pearl buttons
Made in Bali, Indonesia
Sky wears medium