Born in Purwokerto, central Java, Agus Suryanto grew up in Jakarta with his six siblings. "I've loved to design ever since I was a child, and I was always asking my sister to her on her weekly visits to the textile markets, where we explored colors, fabrics and textures together.
<br><br>"I took up dressmaking and design when I was 15 years old as I helped my sister with her custom made clothing business. When I finished high school, I went to one of the oldest dressmaking schools in Jakarta, where I specialized in pattern design and dressmaking. After completing my course, my sister and I designed our first ready-to-wear collection for men and women.
<br><br>"I have also created a one-of-a-kind, limited edition apparel collection that includes silk and linen scarves and shawls. My garments are informed by traditional designs, from across the Indonesian archipelago of more than a thousand islands, many of which have their own unique cultures, costumes and designs. The result is a unique interpretation, modern and casual, with hints of ancient ritual and tradition woven into the final product. I have also begun to include influences from other South East Asian countries, resulting in a stunning array of colors and design."
In the Andes, the Land of the Four Corners, mountains are sacred. So is culture. The Nazca lines, the Wari glyphs, the Quipu knots and the complex multi-colored textiles of the Incas are all recorded and live on the work of contemporary Peruvian artisans.