Moksha is a term used in Hinduism to understand the liberation of the soul from the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. We came across this term when reading a book by Osho. It is transcendental consciousness, the perfect state of being, of self-realization, and of realizing the whole self as free. It is the process of ending emotional suffering, free of constraints. Unless we make a choice to identify the limits in which we have enacted upon ourselves, we remain trapped.
This collection is inspired by moksha, through this definition of freedom. The constraints of belts in the pieces contrasts with the knives to show the fine line between freedom and limits. The relationship between freedom and limits is closely knit, as they intertwine in all our lives. The knives are decorated among the silhouettes to show how easily these constraints can be broken in achieving a state of freedom.
KSLAM aims to make pieces that can not be defined into a certain time period. Rather, we take inspiration from the 80’s in our silhouettes, adding pieces and accents that can’t be traced to a certain period. Our imagery hopes to transcend modern aesthetics by creating concepts that can’t be identified, allowing the viewers mind to wander and come to whatever conclusion they like. Each collection is made with sustainability in mind. This collection was hand made, using reworked belts, and knives, with only a few metres of fabric and chain. Its significant to us, that we continue to have the smallest impact we can on the environment, by using materials that are already present.
Each collection is signified and created with a certain demographic in mind. The group of women in each collection is hand selected as a group that has been marginalized and oppressed in some way throughout history. These are groups that have been underrepresented on runways, editorials, and in the fashion industry. With each collection, we hope to make a space where women are able to model along side other women who look like them, in which they can identify with, rather than being the one who is notably chosen as the ‘other’, amongst a group of individuals who look nothing like them. ‘Moksha’ was created using burnt orange, warm browns, and leather hues that would compliment medium to dark complexions. This collection was focused on bringing the narratives of South Asian and Middle Eastern women to life, recognizing early on that these women were some of the most underrepresented in the fashion industry.