To create our Gaia Night collection, we selected a Wax Hollandais design enriched with a deep blue, purple, and green overprint. This provides a rich and vibrant contrast to the metallic embellishments on top, which gleam in patterns of gold, silver, or pearl. Inspired by these intensely dyed layers and glittering highlights, we couldn’t resist creating statement pieces inspired by the 70s for dancing the night away.
Stories abound about this striking fabric, which was first created in 1963. The most popular seems to be the version that the wearer will be favored by bearing several children.
Do you see smiling lips, or rising suns?
The Maakola Meaning
Looking at the fabric, you can interpret the pattern in two ways: as smiling lips, or as numerous rising suns behind the mountains.
Here at Maakola, we have chosen to see the latter. For us, it represents a fresh start; a new beginning. The rising suns symbolize an opportunity to right wrongs and be so much better.
The goddess Gaia didn’t just create life on Earth; according to Greek mythology, she gave rise to the heavens, too. With our Gaia Night story, we wanted to pay tribute to the mother of the starry sky with evening-ready dresses in this beautiful nighttime print. They’ll turn heads at any party.
How we work with the Rising Sun fabric
Rising Sun is a Wax Print — the name for Wax Hollandais that has been given a dark overdye treatment and then embellished with sparkling metallics on top. It is a beautiful twist on a classic Vlisco fabric.
We love working with this Wax Print because of the quality: pure, top grade cotton that is densely spun and tightly woven to create a supple fabric that gently caresses your skin. You’ll also love how easy it is to care for. Simply hand wash gently and hang to dry in the shade (dry cleaning is not recommended).
When we set about creating an evening collection at Maakola, this rich, dramatic fabric was our first choice. Gleaming sunburst motifs are repeated all over a midnight-dark base in luxurious, directional pieces such as the Gaia Night high low dress, and our playful balloon sleeve dress. Steal the show when you hit the town in one of these starry creations.