Folk Project embodies the encounter of two worlds and the result is the syncretism of traditional costumes and home décor accent pieces.
The mission of the project is to travel the world looking for unique textiles and turn them into bespoke decorative pieces, such as furniture and accessories.
Folk Project uses a raw material known as the Huipil, which is an essential piece of the Guatemalan and Mexican traditional costumes. Every Huipil is bought at a fair price from the artists in order to promote the survival of their traditions.
Through Folk Project’s creations, we aim to highlight the creative work of the indigenous woman who often remains invisible to modern society. By using huipil
in the world of modern living, we hope to showcase their craft on a global platform and give them the acknowledgement they deserve.
Folk Project is all about introducing a piece of the traditional world to the modern one, in turn creating a refreshing design unique to the global living style.
After studying art history and anthropology of Oceania at L’Ecole du Louvre in Paris, Merijam Roelofs pursued fashion design at L’Atelier Chardon-Savard where she excelled and graduated valedictorian. During her scholarship, she found inspiration in the material culture of people still living in a traditional way, such as gypsies in Transylvania and folks from northern Hungary. She also gained great interest in ancient textiles, like “boutis” from Provence, as well as recycled fabrics. Shortly thereafer, the idea of Folk Project was born.