Story of the idea
The word ‘mela’ plays an intrinsic role in conversation and life in Malta. It is pretty much the first word that foreigners learn when they get here, and absolutely everyone will use it at some point.
I have lived in Malta for a while now and I have come to really love the country. And that’s what encouraged me to start Mela – I wanted to create a clothing brand that really highlights what makes Malta special. This product is designed to show the world that: this is Malta, and it’s amazing.
We want to produce awesome t-shirts and apparel that show off Malta’s heritage.
My name is Attila Baller, and I am 30-years-old. I am a graduate of Art University with a strong passion for design. Having completed my studies, I moved to the UK for three years, before heading to Malta. It is now my dream to own my own business, and I am excited to have taken the first steps. As an artist I believe cultural values are very important, and I look forward to sharing Malta’s cultural values through the Mela brand.
I’ve been asked that many times! To me the answer is obvious: the sun is always shining, the people are nice, no one is in a rush, and you can really relax here. To me that says everything!
About the project:
I need €3,150 to start the company, We will use the money to have 3 t-shirts and 3 caps designed and produced and setup an e-commerce shop.
All about the first design
The first design is inspired by three different elements:
– The Legend of the Ġgantija Temples – the two temples of Ġgantija are estimated to be around 5,800 years old (built between 3,600 and 3,000 BC). According to an ancient legend, the temple walls were built in one day and one night by a female giant named Sunsuna. Ggantija is Maltese for ‘giant’s grotto’
– The Maltese Spiral as the oldest religious symbol on the island – Spirals are also one of the oldest geometric shapes found in ancient artwork dating as far back as the Neolithic period (10,200BC – 2,000BC).The oldest spirals to have ever been recorded in the world are those carved within the Ġgantija Temples in Gozo. The symbol was used ornamentally in clothes.
– Face of the Maltese Woman 5,600 years ago – Heritage Malta launched a 3D virtual reconstruction of facial features based on one of the prehistoric skulls (over 5,000 years old) found at the Xagħra Stone Circle in Gozo. It revealed, for the very first time, what one of the earliest Maltese actually looked like. We gave our giant a similar face, in honour of her.
These are our future design plans, each of which pays homage to an era in Maltese history or to an aspect of its culture.
Under the Arabs
Normans Rule & The Middle Ages
Knights of St John
Little cultural differences
And this is just the beginning…
We want our projects and products to be limited-edition and full of individuality, because we don’t want them to be thought of as souvenirs. On the contrary, our products are a ‘thank you’ to the community for having given us this opportunity to start a new life and make our dreams come true.
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