An advent of change
The first leaf on a tree represents the advent of change, a new beginning. It is the first manifestation after a period where the tree’s attention was focused inwards and has let go of the old.
The first leaf is a sign of the tree’s fullest expression of its being. Becoming a tree is not driven by any need or want. The effort of the tree goes into the rooting. Becoming or growing, as we call it, is effortless and is life’s most natural process.
What kind of tree it will become is not a matter of choice or upbringing. The information about the tree’s unique expression is already present in its seed. All the seed needs are fertile soil, nature’s care, and the tree’s inherent capacity to let go along the way. The earth in which the tree roots can be seen as the unknown or unconsciousness.
As human beings, we also can manifest the most natural expression of our being. But unlike nature, we have a conditioned mind and aren’t always truthfully informed. We often get disconnected from our nature and prefer to be right and hold on.
This First Leaf collection stands for a new choice. A choice to shift our attention and look for the answers within. A choice to inform ourselves about our human and creative nature. To let go of the old and root into our unconsciousness.
It is in this unconsciousness that we find the keys to open the doors to our dream. Entries that aren’t locked, to begin with. Our mind just wants it that way. It is in this unconsciousness that we hold the seed of our potential.
The First Leaf Collection represents a new beginning to see life as a courageous adventure to manifest the most natural expression of our being, AKA our potential.
Isn’t that what we wish upon our loved ones, but don’t we forget ourselves in this equation?
The teak wood used for the collection was reclaimed (*) from old Indian houses. Considering the lifetime of a teak tree and the number of generations this wood served in those houses, it is easily over 200 years old.
All materials used were traced to their source and are nature’s finest, from the protective organic cotton bags colored with medicinal herbs to the recycled cotton with flower petals for the gift boxes. The teak wood is finished with fruit and vegetable extracts, and no synthetic fillings or coatings are used. It bares the soul of old age craft.
Each creation also comes with three hummingbirds, hand-painted by a group of women in Ahmedabad. This way, a social project is already embedded in the collection’s core. The hummingbirds are tokens of good fortune and are the messengers of Joy, Love, and Beauty.
(*) Many wooden structures are either removed or replaced, and a vast amount of air-dried wood is left behind. This type of wood has an authentic charm because it contains a lot of history. Reclaimed lumber provides whispers and echoes of the past and looks beautifully aged and unique.