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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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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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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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04 Streets of Guiyang

Location: Guiyang Finally got off the train! after 20 + hours we had our first breath of fresh air in the capital city of the Guizhou Province. Known to be one of the poorest provinces in China, we found ourselves amongst the locals, staying in a tiny apartment that had shared bathrooms and no privacy. [...]
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03 Train ride to Guizhou

Location: On route to Guiyang (on a super long super cramped and super smelly train) Date: hmmm... You know that earlier post we posted up on instagram? the one about releasing all expectations??Well thats exactly what we didn't do. We were imagining luxurious 4 bed private sleeper cabins with meal carts that would pass by [...]
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02 Taste of City Life

Location: Guangzhou Date: 12/04/2015 We finally made it to China! the travel time was sooo long, I thought we would never made it! we landed in Guangzhou airport and our first reality check hit us. The airport staff don't speak English! oh no! resorting to charades and movement gestures we eventually found ourselves in a little guest [...]
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01 Flying to China

Location: mid-flight Date: 10/04/15 This is what we do, we leave our comfy homes in Sydney (the little luxuries of comfy beds and strolls to beaches) to search for the textiles to use in our upcoming fashion collection. Its exciting! I can't wait to see where it takes us! who will we meet? and what [...]
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