Tuesday, 5 February, 2019 - 17:30

Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau
C. Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 167
08025 Barcelona


Miriam Ponsa graduated with an associate’s degree in fashion design from the University of Southampton (UK) and specialized in Knitwear Techniques and Design in Igualada. Miriam Ponsa designs all the collections in her workshop in Manresa and the garments are produced in workshops in Catalonia. Values like endeavor, team work and authenticity are important to her as well as the recuperation of handicraft techniques and they all form part of her manifesto. Her collections have received numerous accolades; the latest the award for the best collection for her collection “Mule Women” at the last edition of 080 Barcelona Fashion spring/summer 2015/2016, awarded by the Generalitat of Catalonia.


A collection inspired by the Silk Road, a road that was originally made up of camel caravans that left China to sell silk in Europe. The nomadic way of life, the yurts and yaks are sources of inspiration for the collection. The nomadic experience of following the Silk Road to Kyrgyzstan lead me to discover a myriad of influences and new references. In Kyrgyzstan women are a family’s backbone and perceived as the nation’s founding principle. Kurmanjan Datka, a Kyrgyz ruler of the 19th century, is the greatest expression of the strength and determination of Kyrgyz women. Her legacy serves as inspiration for the collection. The patterns are based on the old pieces of nomadic families and are combined with contemporary pieces to capture this duality. Oversize forms give way to comfortable pieces that do not cling and allow freedom of movement. These pieces should be used to work and, above all, to protect against inclement weather. The volume is used in symbolic pieces and evokes the most animal-like part of the collection. The hats and fabrics on the head reflect the cultural and religious identity, and their use is influenced by the time in which women were healers. The meters of cloth they carried on the head served to wrap broken bones or newborn babies. The fabrics are made with backstitches and wadding, while looking for the similarity with old padded men’s coats. Reinterpreting the ikat effect, which is widely used in central Asia, is achieved with colour backstitches on the fabric and pre-painted ribbons. Belts and cords are constantly used in this collection to be able to create the handicraft, both on a manual loom and with the knitting technique. Tissue experimentation is done by using latex applied to various materials and fusing it with bright colour. Pleated cloths are combined with latex or silkscreen printing. Natural tissues, wool, mohair, alpaca, cotton and silk predominate. The importance of colour is reflected in the print. The reading occurs from an austere and symbolic point of view, while using basic and bright colours as a symbol of the richness of fabrics. It is printed with the silkscreen printing technique and represents a light/dark lattice pattern. The colour chart approaches nomadism, while being rigorous with tonalities. Black, grey, green and khaki predominate. The shoes are inspired by Russia; they were formerly used outdoors with very thick socks.

Designer: Miriam Ponsa
Commercial brand: Miriam Ponsa
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