The New Habit was developed by fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk's company Byborre

Fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk's company Byborre has developed a New Habit for the Netherlands chapter of the Dominican Order.

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During their research, they came across themes they recognized from their own work, such as the Dominican Order making their habits out of materials that were close at hand and choosing undyed fabrics in lighter and darker shades, for the habit and the cloak. Borre was struck by the intention of the first friars to travel on foot, wear undyed clothes, and live simply among the people. He designed a set of twelve pieces, which could be worn by both man and women, in different cultures. The inspiration for the patterns came from different part of the world because the Dominicans are an international Order.

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The chosen fabrics are practical in the Netherlands as they are warm and water-resistant, but the designs can also be made in lighter fabrics for warmer climates. The colors were picked because they were the ones readily available when Borre visited the supplier.

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The pieces are basic and functional, made with what was at hand, but when they're combined they create their own unique Dominican form language. The New Habit is functional and user-friendly, with a number of pockets. The hood can be used to shelter from the rain, and can also be adjusted to provide a space for contemplation and prayer.

Borre would like to see pieces from this collection being worn by people who are not Dominicans, but share their values of using less, living simply, and being together. It is hoped that the updated design evokes conversations about what Dominican sisters and friars carry out and embody.  Learn about the development of the New Habit in the video below:

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Fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk's company Byborre has developed a New Habit for the Netherlands chapter of the Dominican Order.

During their research, they came across themes they recognized from their own work, such as the Dominican Order making their habits out of materials that were close at hand and choosing undyed fabrics in lighter and darker shades, for the habit and the cloak. Borre was struck by the intention of the first friars to travel on foot, wear undyed clothes, and live simply among the people. He designed a set of twelve pieces, which could be worn by both man and women, in different cultures. The inspiration for the patterns came from different part of the world because the Dominicans are an international Order.