From their travels around the world, Myriam and Paolo had always brought home ideas and objects to enhance the distinctive style of their hotel on Panarea and make it increasingly comfortable for guests.
But when they discovered Bali, still an unspoilt paradise at the time, they decided to settle there for much of the year.
Myriam fell in love with the beautiful Batik technique of painting on fabric, whose Indonesian cultural heritage has been recognised by Unesco, and she had her own designs – some of them inspired by the traditional patterns of the Sunda islands – printed onto the silks she brought from her home town. This was how her splendid fabrics and fabulous clothes came to be created.
These creations have been produced for many years now, and the Raya® boutiques now attract holidaymakers from all over the world, who return to the island year after year to see what’s new in Myriam’s collections, or come in search of furniture and other pieces from the colonial period in the antique shops, taking home stone and wooden statues, paintings and an array of other options either to adorn their own homes or as a much appreciated gift for friends.