We’re on the last leg of 2019, and I’m trying to catch my breath. It’s been an amazing year for Gardens of the Sun, full of accomplishments that seem like fever dreams. Our team is still reeling from the excitement of holding our first ever exhibition!
The two-day event was titled From Forests to Fashion: Dayak Arts & Cultural Exhibition. It was a fun opportunity to showcase our work, alongside gorgeous woven bags from Handep, and a short movie screening from the Ranu Welum Foundation.
The exhibition focused on the indigenous Dayak people of Kalimantan, and gave visitors a quick glimpse into their rich culture.
It was so good to meet people from all over the world, all passionate about sustainability.
We shared stories and exchanged thoughts - I learned more than I thought I would.
The exhibition was held in celebration of Indigenous People’s Day. This day means a lot to me, as Gardens of the Sun works closely with indigenous Dayak miners from Central Kalimantan for gold and sapphires.
Through the exhibition, I got to share stories of the Dayak people who work closely with us. From their environment to how mercury poisoning affects their lives. The exhibition served as a wake-up call for how much we can do as creators and consumers to make it better.
During the two-day exhibition I also got to show off something we’ve been working on the past couple of months.