This breezy braided-back tank is made from a cotton and silk blend gauze handwoven at our training program workshop in Dimen village. The silk was raised in the homes of nearby villagers, and the naturally organic cotton was grown locally.
Due to the delicate fine thread and gentle touch required to maintain its lightweight hand, it will take an entire day to weave 3 meters of narrow-width fabric (40 cm wide). The fabric was then boiled in water and washed with a mineral finish to gives a dry feel — that also happens to be naturally mosquito-repellant.
The wrap-around pants are made from twisted silk and cotton fibers hand-woven by the Sui minority tribe. While the silk and cotton were sourced and produced locally in one village, it is unusual to have the two fibers twisted together in one yarn. Being able to control every stop of the fabric-weaving process enabled us to experiment with fiber blends like this and create new modern qualities.
The belt was adapted from indigo-dyed wax-resist cotton panels from Basha Village normally worn as a sign of marriage on their Miao pleated skirts. These panels are intricately hand-drawn over two weeks using a quill pen made from a chicken feather.
Above look credits: Stockton Johnson (photographer), Vanessa Bellugeon (stylist)