The International Woolmark Prize expands in Asia

Following the expansion of the Asian region, Indonesian finalist TOTON takes home the womenswear award, with MÜNN awarded for menswear

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At a special event in Hong Kong, Indian womenswear label TOTON and South Korean menswear label MÜNN took home the regional International Woolmark Prize for 2016/17, following the expansion of the region this year, which saw Indonesia included for the first time.

Known for his use of interesting silhouettes and unexpected details and patterns, Korean designer Hyun-min Han of MÜNN presented a multi-layered menswear look with relaxed tailored structures created from a combination of woven wool, selvedge detail, raw edges and cable-knitted wool. The complete outfit included a long wool coat, knitted turtleneck and wide wool trousers, and was paired with a cable-knit muffler and woven wool bucket bag.

“MÜNN presented a look that was modern and unique,” stated Juun. J. “He incorporated his brand identity and vision strongly into Merino wool, and the final result was one that is international, striking and sophisticated with a casual twist. I particularly liked the delicate selvedge detail that was woven into his coat and trousers, juxtaposed against the chunky knit of the sweater and scarf.”

Founded in 2012, Toton Januar and his business partner Haryo Balitar built TOTON on the foundation of Indonesian heritage, celebrating craftsmanship and re-contextualizing traditions. Their winning design explored the versatility of Australian Merino wool by developing and manipulating the fibre with traditional Indonesian methods in order to produce exotically embroidered and textured fabrics, as well as a men’s tailoring-inspired look that would suit southeast Asian climates and support local hand-crafting techniques.

“TOTON achieved a great balance between genuine wool innovation and displaying business acumen,” Christopher Raeburn commented. He added: “The techniques and textures showcased by TOTON made us look at wool in a new way, it was contemporary and relevant; they have the complete package and I’m very excited to see how their collection will develop for the finals.” 

The two winners will each receive a financial contribution of AU$50,000 to help support their business, and will each represent Australia at next year's global finals.

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