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THE STORY TELLING ROOTS

THE STORY TELLING ROOTS


With no written language, the Hmong people create intricate patterns on batik textiles, and use them as story-telling devices. Batik, this wax-resist dyeing technique, has been passed down by the Hmong for generations.

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THE NANKEEN INDIGO KEEPSAKE

THE NANKEEN INDIGO KEEPSAKE


The Nankeen dyeing technique, dating back 3,000 years, is native to China’s Jiangsu province. Known also as Lan Yin Hua Bu (蓝印花布) and Blue Calico, it’s still practiced traditionally today in a handful of small workshops. 

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THE LEGACY OF WOODBLOCK PRINTING

THE LEGACY OF WOODBLOCK PRINTING


We have been long-time admirers of Indian woodblock printing. The intricate patterns often carry traditional cultural meanings, as well as legacy of the tribes they originally come from. 

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SYMBOL OF WISDOM

SYMBOL OF WISDOM


Wayuu women have become today's world-renowned master weavers. Their mochila, a type of shoulder bag decorated with vibrant one-of-a-kind patterns, hangs comfortably thanks to its sturdy belt straps and displays character with its chunky pom-poms, is catching the eyes of fashionistas across the world. 

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"OUR FOCUS IS ON THE PEOPLE"


Unlike in the production of most commercial silks that kills the silk worms in the process, silkworm cocoons here are collected only after the moths have emerged. Artisans wait patiently for silk worms to live out their life cycles, metamorphose into moths and vacate their cocoons. Therefore, the silk they use is known as peace silk.
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STUDIO TOUR WITH FERNANDA SIBILIA

STUDIO TOUR WITH FERNANDA SIBILIA


"I take a walk, walk around,
I walk, and walk...
And everyday I find something new."

- Fernanda Sibilia
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REINTERPRETING THE CHINESE PORCELAIN TRADITION

REINTERPRETING THE CHINESE PORCELAIN TRADITION


Highly trained artisans work at a modern facility near the site of the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen, China. The apprenticeship tradition established in antiquity lives on at Middle Kingdom, in much the same way it has for hundreds of years.

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HONEST COMFORT AND SIMPLE BEAUTY

HONEST COMFORT AND SIMPLE BEAUTY


In 1934, Kontex was established in Imabari City in the Shikoku region of Japan. Imabari hosts a large cotton processing and dyeing industry, with a long history in producing more than 60% of towels in the country. 

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