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Wild Spirit

Living vicariously through the snapshots of people that had survived Burning Man Festival 2015, I came to the conclusion that I will get to this festival before I am 30. FACT. And with that idea in my head, I’d like to look as fabulous as this editorial that I found. Wild Spirit – In african-inspired […]

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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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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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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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Inspire Wolftress

Last month we ran a photo contest called #inspirewolftress. The aim was to gather an inspirational collection of imagery  of culturally diverse destinations. It was a way to include your travel experience with the future of ours! Through this competition we would decide on the next location for Wolftress to explore. Inspire Wolftress by sharing […]

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05 Long Horned Miao

It feels like forever that we've been travelling and we still hadn't been rural enough to reach any small villages!! It's been amazing nonetheless - the country is so big, it takes several days and long trips to actually get away from big cities and buildings. Our trip to Longga was convoluted, preempted by another [...]
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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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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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