In collaboration with Carlos Luna, the artwork on this garment is taken directly from Luna’s work entitled, Empingated, which situates anthropomorphic man wrapped up in the jungle of life experiences as he struggles to face his own mortality. While death reaches out to him with an embrace ready to transition him to the next phase of existence, man (hiding a knife behind his back) hopes to slay death and live on. The concept of life and death as a cycle is represented by “La Vida” (Spanish. Life) and the inverse of “La Muerte” (Spanish. Death). The stage upon which this drama unfolds winks at the unfortunate outcome of the conflict: in the anglicized form of the Cuban explicative, “Pinga”, Luna intimates that this dynamic is “F*cked”.
The Empingated Knit Cloak is a statement piece in its own right, draping and moving with the body it wraps the wearer in the symbolism and ideology of the story it conveys. Made of all natural fabrics, this breathable piece can be donned throughout the seasons.