Asics Gel-Lyte V x Commonwealth “Kultura”
The Kalinga are an ethnic group in the Philippines who inhabit the mountains of Luzon. Due to the mountainous terrain and warrior-culture of the people, the Kalinga were able to preserve their culture despite centuries of occupation in the lowlands by the Spaniards, Americans, and the Japanese.
That includes the intricate tribal art of body adornment, drawing on basic geometric shapes and nature-inspired designs. This ancient technique of adornment is called “batok” that dates back a thousand years. These designs were used to communicate with one another for generations. They represented who they were, where they came from, and what they stood for, therein revealing an insight to the people’s philosophy and social standards.
The GEL-Lyte V originally released in 1993 as a marathon sneaker, the “Kultura” represents the need to preserve Filipino culture and traditions as a race that’s worth running.