Guizhou textiles are known for their complexity, sophistication and variety in weaving, conventionally weaving cotton to make fabrics for their own use. Sometimes selling parts of their collection in the local market.
Villagers harvest leaves and grind them into a paste to make the dye. Because indigo dye does not have to be kept hot, it is ideal for wax-resistant batik. In batik, patterns are applied to undyed cloth using liquid beeswax. When the cloth is submerged in dye, the waxed parts remain white while unwaxed parts absorb the colour.
Although different in every region, Guizhou embroidery is generally recognized for their bold, expressive aesthetic. Motifs symbolise myths and cultural celebrations.
By introducing new materials and merging tapestry with weave, we have helped the villagers establish a fresh interpretation of their traditional craft.
We have created contemporary patterns and graphics inspired by the heritage of the village. By transferring traditional techniques from soft materials to hardware, such as wood, creating a new application.
We have provided new materials for them to embroider onto and experimented with the scale of motifs being used.
Traditionally each household is equipped with their own equipment. In order to make the villagers output more competitive we reinvest the money from profits to build better facilities. This will allow them to be more competitive within the industry.
Using local builders, we have built our own industrial scale dye vats. This has enabled larger scale production with exceptional quality. By slowly growing the villagers assets we are providing them with a sustainable way of living.
We have built large scale frame-works so that the traditional techniques can be applied to a larger scale.