Saturday, 26 March 2016

Introducing Our Leggings and The Ladies They Were Named After!

Last Saturday we held a photo shoot which involved 6 active girls, all who were shot while engaging in their favorite sport which were dance, yoga, capoeira and aerial hoops. As the girls have been practicing their preferred sport for a while, we captured them in their element, doing their favorite warmup, drill or pose.

It was a long day of shooting, but a fun one.

In honor of the girls who were so strong, graceful, beautiful and patient, we decided to name our leggings after them. And with that, we are proud to introduce the first collection of SENI by Fit Rebel's hand painted, batik inspired high performance leggings, named after these ladies.

The Zai Leggings

Our Phoenix themed leggings are named after Zai. Zai is a beauty junky and a bendy yogi who loves beach holidays. She is featured in our shoot doing modern dance poses, which she totally nailed.

A phoenix  is a bird of Greek mythology, which symbolizes rebirth. It embodies the spirit of the brand, which is to keep evolving, growing and trying new things.

The Alya Leggings

Alya is a self proclaimed cat whisperer who also loves dance. She is an avid practitioner of pole dance, aerial hoops and aerial silks. She is featured in our shoot as our lovely and captivating aerial hoop angel.

We named our Japanese koi leggings after Alya. In Japanese, 'koi' (simply meaning 'carp') is derived from a word that means 'affection' or 'love'; koi are therefore symbols of love and friendship in Japan.

The Feiticeira Leggings (Right, in green)

Christine, also known as Feiticeira (meaning 'Sorceress') is a capoeira instructor who runs strict training sessions, especially with her kids class, but doing so with the best of intentions and love. She is the epitome of a strong, independent woman protecting and supporting friends and loved ones.

Our hummingbird themed leggings are named after Christine, nimble and fast creatures that are able to get through life’s obstacles with grace and style. 

The Bonnie Leggings (Left, in white)

Don't mess with Bonnie! This petite lady may look unassumingly harmless but she has years of capoeira and most recently, Brazillian jujitsu training under her belt. Lovely on the outside, Bonnie is also a talented singer who participated in her first open mike session last week.

Our peacock themed leggings are named after Bonnie. Why do we think this is perfect? She embodies the spirit so well, as she, just like a peacock, is confident and beautiful, inside and outside. 

The Selina Leggings

Selina is a Malaysian yoga instructor, based in Singapore and part of the YogaMovement team. She has a serious addiction towards arm balances, inversion, and all things crazy which makes her energetic classes super fun to attend. Follow her beautiful & witty yoga journey on instagram @senoritayogini. 

Our dragonfly themed leggings are named after Selina. Dragonflies are powerful and agile fliers, capable of migrating across oceans, moving in any direction, and changing direction suddenly. For Fit Rebel, this represents the modern women, who are strong, adventurous and flexible.

Get these leggings here:

Photography by Jon K.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

A Spectacular Display of Traditional Batik Artwork on High Performance Leggings

Imagine if your workout clothes were fun and beautiful pieces of wearable art, featuring hand painted designs by artists.

For the past 8 months, we have been working on a project where we combined beautiful, inspiring, hand painted art onto activewear. 

This whole project started based on a research which shows that having fun and beautiful activewear inspires women to enjoy their workouts and train more often.
We wanted to create a line that will continue to encourage women to lead active lifestyles, and that was how we came up with the idea to combine art on activewear. 
After 8 months of design, prototyping and testing, this is what we came up with:
Photo credit: Jon K. Stoutlager
5 nature inspired designs, that were hand painted, using traditional batik painting techniques by artist from South East Asia. 
What is batik?

Batik is an art form of applying liquid wax and fabric dye onto cloth. Below is a step by step process on how our artwork was created.

#1 - First, the wax is melted in a pot, over fire.
#2 - Once the wax is melted, it is filled in an instrument called the 'tjanting'.

#3 - Any excess wax is removed to prevent spillage during the drawing process.

#4 - The tjanting is an instrument used to apply the wax onto the cloth to draw the artwork.

#5 -  The wax is used to draw the entire outline of the artwork, and in this instance, it is two dragonflies.
#6 - Once the drawing is complete, fabric dye is used as the preferred choice of paint. 

#7 - The artist repeats this process several times, applying 4 - 6 layers of paint on the artwork, giving it more depth and character each time.

#8 - Here is a view of the artwork just before it's final layer of paint.


#9 - Once the artwork is complete, it is then immersed into boiling water to remove the wax. The finished piece is where you can see a white outline, which are the places where the wax used to be. The paints were unable to be absorbed into the cloth since it was covered with the wax outline - giving you our unique batik artwork via the traditional tjanting drawing method. 

We then reproduced this artwork onto Lycra (Spandex) to bring you our gorgeous leggings. Sneak preview available below!

Get these leggings here: