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This perfecto jacket was adapted from the stiff traditional indigo-dyed hats worn by Miao tribes in eastern Guizhou. We went back to basics and re-wove the original diamond pattern in the natural color of the cotton fiber. It was brushed with water buffalo glue to stiffen the fabric and make it water-resistant.

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This is the traditional indigo-dyed pattern. We made the same, but left it the natural color of the cotton fiber.

To make the pattern more pronounced in the fabric, we followed the traditional technique of pounding it all day with a wooden mallet.

The dress is made from multi-colored damask panels hand-woven by Dong minorities. The fabric is traditionally worn as headpieces, or swung around in dance performances like this:

Above look credits:   Sunny Lee (photographer), Yi Guo (stylist)

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