KELAPA TWIST BACK DRESSRatna - Mata Dewi
- Size & Fit
This dress is designed to give you those Bali feels and tropical vibes.
KELAPA means coconut in Indonesian, and Ive always found these trees to be true miracles of nature - pulling water and energy high up into the sky to create such nutritious sweetness only to drop it back down again onto the ground.
I remember my 8th grade science teacher Mr Wallis telling me that coconut trees use soooo much energy to make a coconut, and that they really dont make much sense at all compared to how most things grow and work in nature. I never forgot it. Lol.
Im sure coconut tress if given a gender would be female! Making no sense to anyone except their creator! And Coconut palm trees since that day have always fascinated me and been a little wonder of my universe. Every time I see one, I see inefficient mini miracles and I smile & send the tree so much love!
Anyway, back to the dress. Over ten years ago now I bought a dress from a Amilita and I literally wore it to death. So I used a similar pattern for this KELAPA dress. I think it's so nice to just throw on for the beach and it's the only dress I ever wore and occasionally just let my boobs hang loose with no bra. Ive got dd's so it was something I never did (especially since they sagged a lot after breastfeeding) but with the cut of this dress I always felt comfortable and even liberated to be braless. So, I thought producing this dress with this cut, combined with its fun, bohemian tropical vibe might also give you the same liberated feels.
Please note: the neckline on this dress can be a little tricky. It's not one of those dresses that will potentially sit perfectly on everyone. I remember having to adjust my original amilita dress with my tailor. Ive tried this dress on many women now before releasing it and honestly, it fits about 70% of women fine, and on others probably needs minor adjustments/straps shortened slightly etc. It seems to fit better if you have a b cup or higher. And may need some adjustment to the strains up you are a a-b cup. I just want to be as honest as I can with you. I have many dresses I have bought and adjusted to my body shape, and you might find you might be in the 30% of purchasers that will need to make slight adjustments to this dress.
This material is produced traditionally using the ancient batik screen print method. It takes 2 screens and 2 colors to hand print this material. Made by humans, not machines. You may experience some minor inconsistencies, which should not be considered at flaws but only confirm it's hand-made process. This is part of our #slowfashion commitment to honor tradition and keep skilled artisans in jobs. It's riskier and more expensive to make the material this way, but the romantic in me insists this is how it must be produced. Human and imperfect, the material carries the energy of all who have helped make it and that romance I believe transcends to the wearer.
Taller blonde model (Malin) is a size 8-10 Australian sizing & 177cm and wears a S/M size in the pictures ( beach shots). 2nd blonde model (Layla) is a size 8 Australian & 172cm and wears a XS/S size ( indoor pictures).
XS/S - 8-10 Australian
S/M - 12-14 Australian
Please note: the neckline on this dress can be a little tricky. It’s not one of those dresses that will potentially sit perfectly on everyone. I remember having to adjust my original amilita dress with my tailor. I’ve tried this dress on many women now before releasing it and honestly, it fits about 70% of women fine, and on others probably needs minor adjustments/straps shortened slightly etc. It seems to fit better if you have a b cup or higher. And may need some adjustment to the strains up you are a a-b cup. I just want to be as honest as I can with you. I have many dresses I have bought and adjusted to my body shape, and you might find you might be in the 30% of purchasers that will need to make slight adjustments to this dress.
Composition: 100% Viscose, hand-painted with love.
For best results, hand washing is advised. If hand washing, use only minimal amounts of detergent and do not soak for longer than one hour. After rinsing in fresh water, dry the item flat in a shaded area away from direct sunlight to avoid fading. Steaming is the preferred method for cleaning, otherwise, iron inside out on the appropriate setting for the material, using a handkerchief between the material and the iron to avoid scold marks. Lightly spray with water prior to ironing for best results.
If this item is avail for pre-order, in general you can expect your order will be made and delivered within 2 – 14 weeks of your order date. In some cases it will be delivered earlier if possible. To help you understand, If your order is avail for pre-order we would have already ordered it and it is in process OR it will be ordered on the next avail order date. We place orders on the 1st of each month. From the order date, the items usually take 4-7 weeks to complete. Please email us if you really wish to know a more approximate time frame for your particular kimono.
It is good to pre-order as if there is a wait list for the item, pre-order will place you on this list and give you priority. You are required to pay for your item in full as a pre-order.
The dress is so light and free flowing perfect for Summer evenings... especially in Bali.. I had to return it as it was too small and needed the larger size and the Beautiful people at Warriors of the divine were so helpful with this. I love these pieces and have many.
What can I say , the fabric , the style and the comfort of this dress is simply stunning .
This dress is absolutely Devine , it’s comfortable , floaty and I wish I could wear it everyday !
Another absolutely beautiful dress! I took your suggestion regarding wearing it without a bra to heart as well.... I swan about the house in it, feeling completely free and at ease with my self! Thank you for creating such inspiring clothing xx
What a beautiful dress this is and hand painted in perfect palm trees, perfect dress for my lifestyle on the Sunshine Coast. Service was amazing and Lisa was personally in contact, doesn’t get better than that for an overseas transaction. Can’t wait to order more