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.
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)