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Ancient craftsmanship + modern spirit

Arriving into Paris fresh off the plane from China and desperately needing something to wear, I whipped up this hand-pleated black dress just in time for an art opening that evening at the Palais de Tokyo.  In this dress, I finally felt able to bridge the Eastern artisanal craft with a modern Parisian spirit. The  black cotton fabric for this airy pleated dress was hand-woven in the homes of the Dong families in Zhaoxing village. They used natural indigo and green persimmon to dye the fabric black, then sent it to the nearby Buyi people for hand-pleating using an ancient steaming method. The 3-ring metal necklace with engraved flowers was hand-pounded by an elder Miao silversmith in his little studio along the river. The materials were created by three different ethnic minority groups, so it is very multi-cultural from the local perspective. To give it a modern touch, Elaine Ng at The Fabrick Lab created beautiful laser-cut fringe from the local egg-white shiny fabric to hang down the front of the dress. The final dress was presented at the group show Le Cabinet de Curiosités de Thomas Erber in Bangkok, Thailand.