CEREMONIA was inspired by travel, nature, and the act of ceremony—when entire villages shut down so that Balinese families and communities can come together to celebrate milestones, give gratitude, clear stagnant energy, and pray for blessings. Ceremonies are an illustrious celebration where everyone dresses in traditional garments, and local villages gather to bring their offerings to the temple in procession. CEREMONIA means ceremony in Spanish.
It all started when I quit my job in 2014 to pursue my dreams of travel, uncertain of where I would end up, but excited for an adventure. I had long envisioned starting a business that would have a positive social impact, and hoped this journey would lead me there.
I spent several months traveling through Southeast Asia. One of my final stops was Bali, where I planned to spend 2 weeks. Due to a silly "mistake" and a mystical island magnetism, I stayed a month which gave me a good introduction to the culture, time to learn to ride a motorbike to explore various parts of the island, attend artisanal workshops, and make meaningful connections with many local families.
I ended the trip feeling inspired by the nature-centric way of life, abundance of natural resources, creativity and craftsmanship. I brought back thoughtful gifts to share with friends and family back home and everyone was overjoyed—seeing everyone’s enthusiasm made me realize that my stars had aligned: Bali was the birthplace for my dream business. My vision was to share a unique handcrafted and ethically-sourced collection of goods ranging from beauty to home decor and accessories, while providing income opportunities for the local artisan families I had met.
After numerous return trips to Bali, in 2017 I found a home on the island and moved to pursue my dream for CEREMONIA. Living in Bali has given me the unique vantage to develop close-knit relationships with all our artisan partners and their families. We're always working on new ideas, and encouraging one another's growth and creativity. Together, we've created a collection that is rooted in local tradition, blending earth elements with modern appeal and functionality.
Our collections have been received with so much love at pop-ups and markets in LA + NY, and now we're excited to introduce our online marketplace, where we'll continue providing a thoughtful selection of beautiful pieces that are timeless and mindfully-made. Thank you for being a part of our journey.
more than a brand
when you shop our collection, you're supporting a small woman-owned business, all of our artisan partners and their families, their villages, and the organizations we give back to through the dreamcatcher project. we believe in doing business that has a positive social impact.