Arte has been daring enough to launch collections created from the most unusual materials on several occasions in the past. However the latest Boracay collection surpasses them all. This unique, stunning collection is produced from, wait for it … water hyacinth and woven banana leaves.
Anyone who is vaguely familiar with Arte knows that this wallcovering specialist regularly presents the most talked about collections. Thus the creative bar is placed ever higher. Arte is continuously developing new processes on the technological front too. Some creations include highly unusual materials. Once there was a collection that incorporated horsehair. Or perhaps you recall the Bark Cloth collection, made from the bark of the Mutuba tree?
The Boracay collection, which we are presenting today, is truly unique. It is produced from woven banana leaves and water hyacinth. The plant material was bonded to a non-woven backing with the utmost care and attention and then woven and dyed. The result is a valuable and exceptionally decorative natural product that loves to be handled with care.
The choice of materials is key in this collection. Yet there are also a few variations on the theme. The first design is called Fuga and displays the pure texture of dried water hyacinth. The strips are affixed to each other on the backing. No two pieces are the same. Therefore you see the pure and authentic natural product.
For the second variant, Mindoro, strips of water hyacinth were glued underneath each other, which leaves blank strips at more or less regular intervals. The bare strips acquire a slightly different tone from the plant material as a result of the different structures. This produces a horizontal striped effect.
For Calayan, the third variant, varnished banana leaves were interwoven with nylon thread, which produces a kind of waffle effect. The varnish provides a beautiful sheen. The various tones toy with the intensity of colour.
There is also a versatile plain variant in this collection, which was christened Fields. This product is produced from Abaca fibres. Abaca is a plant that produces hemp-like fibres.
As far as the colour range is concerned, Arte has applied all the exotic registers. When you see the colour options you imagine yourself on a tropical island. The blue, green and turquoise tones in this collection immediately catch the eye and are breathtakingly beautiful; the colours of blue lagoons and waves that caress the beaches of paradise. There is subtle silver and mother of pearl, the colour of iridescent shells. Turmeric yellow, emerald green and rusty red, earthy tones and there are colours of exotic wood such as wenge and meranti. There is also a deep purple tone, the colour of the tropical sky when the sun has just slipped below the horizon. This is a stunning collection, which will carry you off to the realms of paradise.