The beloved Terno Mini Dress with Camisa sleeves is back in our first ever exclusive sampaguita print designed in-house by AlagaAtSining.
According to Eulogio B. Rodriguez the Legend of the Sampaguita: The Filipino National Flower (1930), claims that the flower’s name comes from the line “Sumpa Kita” which translates to both mean a curse, and a vow or romantic promise. Not only does the Sampaguita as a state emblem embody how the botanical can be imbued with political meaning, deployed, and performed in conjunction with the codes of State rhetoric, the double entendre in the alleged origin of the flower’s name also succinctly encapsulates the very nature and curse of colonialism, whose spirit still permeates our lands, bodies, and consciousness.
The Sumpa Kita print is intentionally designed for breaking the cycle of ancestral and emotional trauma. Featuring the allegory of the endemic Duméril's Wolf Snake (Lycodon dumerilii) and the iconic national flower, Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac), digitally painted and ominously patterned to symbolize our awakening and breaking the curse of colonial mentality.
The Sumpa Kita fabric is ink sublimation digital printed in Manila, Philippines, and each Terno Mini Dress is cut and sewn by the VINTA Gallery team in our atelier in the Philippines.