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How It Began…

While searching for hand-embroidery of the Miao ethnic minority in southwest China five years ago, I discovered a magical place where people lived harmoniously with the natural world around them: elders drank water from fresh mountain springs, children played in clean rivers, and families let their pigs and horses roam as free as they pleased. Trees were revered as spirits, fish were raised in rice patties, and bird migrations informed farmers when to sow their seeds. These cluster of villages felt pure and untouched by modern times, like peering into a window two centuries ago; yet here it was before my eyes, and the year was 2010.   I┬ácame to this part of China in search of the Miao people and their stunning textiles. Their magnificent costumes were showcased in museum around the world, and I had flown down to the villages in the hopes of developing these fabrics with them for wider notoriety and broader dissemination, but more importantly, to preserve an ancient art. But like all things of rarity and beauty, reproducing these …