Frankitas came about after I had my three children. I wanted to be both, mum and have my brand that resonates very much with my fascination for traditional art. Using traditional textile was something I was very passionate about. They remind me of my Indonesian heritage and taking me back to the 9 years of my childhood in a Javanese village, Indonesia. There is something warm and communal about it, and it was something that I want to emulate in Frankitas.
And that’s how Frankitas was born.
We strive to be ethical in our business processes and the partners we work with so that there is a value of fairness as well as a fair distribution of wealth in our supply chain.
Ultimately, we want to build a sustainable community of weavers in Asia and preserve their tradition and heritage.
Currently, our focus is communal collaboration, but primarily focusing on synergies that bring more community-based impact. We are pleased to be working closely with the Fugee School (a school that was created 10 years ago to provide free high quality education for the refugee children in Kuala Lumpur) and Fugeelah (a lifestyle brand created by the fugee school to financially sustain the school as well as provide livelihood for the children) by assisting them with our time and space as well as management input for them to grow.
This is a big part of our ethos.
Wonderland of the Woven
Frankitas aims to build a working community by creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged crafters in remote areas so that they may continue to create traditional works of art.
To achieve this, Frankitas purchases textiles at fair prices either directly from the weavers or through NGO’s that represent them. Supporting skilled artisans from Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, India, and Central Asia, Frankitas uses traditional textile motifs such as Ikat, Batik, Songket, Tenun and Rangrang. These elements are synonymous in the signature statement of a Frankitas and will always remain its ethos.
Our textiles are hand woven using age old traditional methods of weaving and tie dying. Some of our hand-woven fabrics can take up 5 to 22 days to create, depending on the complexity of the motifs as well as the number of colours used.
I started Frankitas in 2013 after I had my 3 children in Malaysia with an aim to not only produce beautiful unique pieces for you, but also an aim to build a sustainable community of weavers in Asia and beyond - to preserve the art of tradition and heritage - as well as impacting different marginalized communities by working alongside them. This is an important element to me, merely because I was a product of the saying “it takes a village to raise a child.” It was my Indonesian grandparents and the entire village in West Java, Indonesia that raised me for 9 years. I learnt from an early age that when you look after your community, the community will look after you too in many folds.
I am also a strong believer in a community driven business whereby our supply chain can positively impact the lives of others as well as the environment. This is one of the reasons why we work with either directly with the weavers in rural and remote communities or with organisation that represents - ensuring their livelihood is looked after fairly.
I think the future of any business must be a sustainable one. It is the only way.