The hand-woven indigo-dyed cotton damask fabric used for this outfit was traditionally used for baby carriers and blankets. The symbolic iconography of zig-zag lines and geometric birds both protects its wearer and tells the migration of the indigenous people across China over the last millennium.
It took me one year of searching village-to-village to find someone who could hand-weave this damask fabric for the collection. A local expert found this older woman in Zhaoxing Village; she is one of only three grandmothers in the village who still retains the know-how of how to weave this pattern. It will take her 60 days to re-weave enough fabric for this pair of pants.
Above look credits: Sunny Lee (photographer), Yi Guo (stylist)