In 2011, American womenswear designer Angel Chang moved from New York City to a remote mountain village in Guizhou Province, rural China, to learn the traditional fabric-making techniques still practiced there by the ethnic minority elders.
Following in the footsteps of her ancestors going back 14 generations, Angel rediscovered her ancestral roots and the plant dyes used in traditional Chinese medicine. She opened an atelier within the Dimen Dong Ethnic Eco-Museum and became the first recipient of Pernod Ricard China's Le Cercle Fund award for social responsibility.
In 2017, Village Embassy was launched as a wholesale textile line to revive traditional fabric-making practices in need of urgent safeguarding. It was the first Chinese atelier selected for Première Vision's Maison d'Exceptions, and the traditional fabrics of the Miao, Dong, and Buyi tribes became commercially available to the international fashion industry for the first time in history.
That same year, with a grant from the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Angel started a training program to create highly-crafted prototypes that would develop into her current collection.
After 8 years of development, Angel is happy to present her dream: clothing made off-the-grid, entirely by hand, from materials only found in nature.