Statements of Practice

Culture Statement

The intention behind Child of Society is to bring non-western garments and their respective crafts more recognition in Western society. Through this statement, the aim is not only for people in the Sri Lankan and Japanese diaspora to feel that they can express themselves through cultural garments, but also to thoroughly communicate the inspiration and techniques behind the garments for wearers to feel connected in their own way. We believe that this approach of education and immersion starts a new narrative away from cultural appropriation and towards honest appreciation through education from a descendant connected to the respective cultures.

Child of Society acknowledges that the majority of longstanding textile practices take decades of practice and  dedicated training to master. The purpose of these garments is to incorporate a deep appreciation for longstanding techniques through a modern lens for a sustainable future. These designs are handmade by a young Australian designer to honour her heritage and share her culture. These garments are not claiming to be of traditional artisanal standards or practices.

Land Statement

We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise their continuous connection to country and contribution to the community. We stand by the statement that sovereignty was never ceded.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Custodians of the land in which learn, practice and create.

We acknowledge and pay respects to the Gimuy Walubara Yidinji and Yirrangangi people as the Traditional Custodians of the land in which the designer was raised. This is where she developed key ideas influenced by her surroundings, including her introduction to longstanding knowledge systems and strong respect for the natural environment.

I promise to educate, learn and engage in First Nations issues and will continue to value and respect First Nations culture.

As a descendant of Japanese and Sinhalese heritage, I would like to acknowledge the Ainu peoples of Ainu Mosir (Hokkaido) and the Wanniyala-aetto peoples of Sri Lanka as traditional custodians of these respective lands. On these unceded lands, many of the techniques that Child of Society draws inspiration from have been developed and practiced.

Gender Statement

People of all genders deserve to feel seen, represented and included. We understand that the traditional garments that we draw inspiration from have strict gender associations. We hope to innovate upon these silhouettes for a more inclusive future.

Our steps towards this include:

1. Creating our garments to fit diverse body shapes, proportions and sizes.

2. Having an option for any customisations to order made items.

3. Removing any binary language from the labelling and marketing of the garments. 

4. Provide adequate information regarding expected fit.

We hope that this allows wearers to feel the most comfortable based on personal preference over an industry standard. We are open to any and all suggestions to improve inclusion and representation. 

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