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Arí van Twillert

Water Drift

By 06-01-2020

Our ‘drift’ against rising sea levels has been a fight to control the waters around us for centuries. Therefore, the Dutch are experts in water management and monitor water levels in every river, canal and lake. The technology behind the Dutch water management system is translated in the colourful embroidery of the Water Drift collection by Arí van Twillert.

The vertical bars embody a graph of water levels in the Amsterdam canals during heavy rain in 2017. The horizontal frames are derived from a graph of water levels in the Boezemgemalen (water pump stations) during that same heavy rain. These water pump stations transfer water out of the lowest areas of the Netherlands into rivers, lakes and the North Sea.

The Water Drift Collection depicts dry feet should not be taken for granted in The Netherlands, as soon the rising sea levels will be uncontrollable.

Every pattern piece is carefully embroidered separately and aligned on tulle so the graphs are not disturbed. The embroidery strengthens the tulle for extra support envisioning our philosophy of balancing aesthetics and comfort.

The Water Drift Collection consists of a bodysuit with the Amsterdam graph, a structured bra containing the Boezemgemalen graph and the patent pending Curvearis, an asymmetrical bralette with both graphs and matching thongs and briefs. The collection is available online through Soon a kimono will be added to the collection. The embroidery is produced by Tegendraads, a fellow resident of Arí in the new fashion hub ‘De Wasserij’.

Water Drift is inspired by the ‘Fashion after Flood’ project by Taskforce Fashion. Taskforce Fashion is a project initiated byM-ODE Amsterdam, State of Fashion and Fashion Clash Maastricht and financed by the Creative Industries Fund.

More Arí van Twillert > 16.12.2018

Photos: Julie Vielvoije