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SHORT FILM | Wolftress – an insight to our world

There's a lot of things that happen behind-the-scenes in the Wolftress World - and we do our best to show you through our instagram and facebook and blogposts. But sometimes it doesn't do our lives justice. This little video is something that we created through snippets we shot and pieced together to give you an insight [...]
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Our Feature fabric for SS 2015

We had travelled for weeks! through villages and towns, down dusty roads, countless bus rides and endless train rides to last us a lifetime! The little town of Zhoucheng was nestled by the sparkling Erhai lake in Dali and housed a collection of dye vats that were visible from the moment we entered. The team […]

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18 Ancient China round-up

So far we’ve visited 5 of the 55 ethnic minority groups of China, all of whom have their own culture and traditional costume. We’ve caught buses and trains and motorbikes across two provinces and been welcomed by the smiling faces of country men and women along the way. It’s been such an eye opening experience of […]

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17 Tiger Leaping Gorge

We had reached the end of our Journey. Our search for the feature fabric to use in our upcoming collection was found in the quaint little town of Zhoucheng. And what better way to celebrate than to go on a 2 day hike down and up a gorge! In 1 month, this has been our […]

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16 Zhoumulang and the Yi minority

Our hostel owner, Mr B, take us to Zhoumulang, a mountain village, to visit the Yi people. When referring to the Yi as a minority, again that is only in relation to the Chinese population. There are more than 8 million Yi people in Asia and over 4.5 million live in Yunnan province. Although most […]

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15 Ancient streets of Weishan

Weishan is an ancient town, not just in history but in demographic. The old town was founded in the Ming Dynasty almost 700 years ago, the Gongchen building a preserved relic of the era. The buildings were constructed with clay bricks reinforced by hay with green tiled slope roofs. We walked past the shopfronts of […]

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14 Zhoucheng and our priceless find!!!

The convoy of fabric hunters set out in the glorious Dali sunshine, our guesthouse owner (Chris from Dragonfly guesthouse – best hostel in Yunnan!) proving to be an invaluable asset as tour guide, interpreter, historian, and negotiator. We noticed marble shapers on the road leaving the old town and were advised that Dali was the main […]

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13 Sanctuary found in Dali

In Yunnan, we saw a different China to what the stereotypes suggest. The pollution, the crowds, the high rise buildings were left behind. As the ancient Chinese proverb says, ‘the mountains are high and the emperor is far’. That evening we arrived in Dali. The new town was another intimidating high rise cityscape, however our […]

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12 A new beginning with Yunnan

Waking on a hard bed and squat toilet was comforting in its humble, Spartan nature. It confirmed in my mind that we were on the road. Mist and darkness surrounded the train as we passed through mountains and mountain tunnels and mountains again. Groups of single men alighted at mining towns which gave way to […]

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11 Guilin and the end of our search in Guizhou

Poor communication. Poor tourism. Wanting to get to Guilin. Advised to take a bus to a city 3 hours away so we could take an express train to Guilin. When we arrived the trains were booked for 4 days. Then had to take a bus for 4 hours stay overnight and start again the next […]

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10 Anshun and our final attempt to find Batik

Anshun was supposed to be a centre for Batik designs however our arrival in the centre of town did not immediately reveal a thriving Batik trade like the travel blogs suggested. Throughout our trip in China our efforts to communicate were hampered by a language and alphabet barrier. What made this barrier even more difficult […]

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09 Matang Village and what’s left of Batik

After searching for Guizhou batik in Kaili, we headed to Matang village with Billie (our Miao expert). This is where Batik is in abundance he says. Matang is 400 years old. 125 families live there. Families can move away from the village but new families can’t move in. The people don’t think of themselves as […]

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08 Kaili and the continued search for batik

Funny how cities possess vibrations that people can pick up on. Or maybe, we are attributing these cities with our own moods in an act of personification. Either way Kaili sat well with us. The air was fresher, the city felt less claustrophobic. We were instantly assisted by an 18 year old who accompanied us […]

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07 Shitouzhai – A ghost town

Shitouzhai felt like a recreation of an ancient village for tourists that had since been abandoned. The infrastructure to host a thousand tourists was there, but the parking lots were empty. Statues of Buyi women performing tasks associated with Batik textiles lined the river, but there were no Buyi fabrics on display and no women […]

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06 The textiles of Long Ga Village

Entering this village, we had a purpose and it was to dive right into the Miao culture, learn as much as possible and hopefully find some textiles that we can use for our next collection. Longga village is located in west Guizhou and we came here because of the sub-minority group that live here. The long […]

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