Philip Huang made a name for himself as a model, the first Asian model to hit high fashion runways and go on to star in countless campaigns, working with the most creative and influential names in the fashion industry. This experience goes beyond fashion as it has enabled him to travel the world over, not just for shoots but during the downtime between shoots and shows which has inspired him to create something of his own. This "something" is clothes and things that can travel with him, lightly, in his suitcase and be used in any context, anywhere in the world.
Essentials, but not just throw-away ones, rather, ones that last.
Indigo plants grow in abundance in the province of Sakon Nakhon and the knowledge and know-how to create the most exquisite natural dye from these plants have been passed on through many generations in the province .
The savoire-faire is kept alive with an older generation of grandmas in villages throughout the province. These keepers of this ancient art, able to create the purest blues and the most intricate Ikat patterns, skills learnt from their elders, honed to perfection from years of practice.
It is the leaves of the Indigo tree that becomes the blue dye that is used, it is soaked over a period of time then fed nutrients as it cold-brews, a fermentation process which gives the deepest and warmest colour. Everything comes into play, the water, the timing, the food fed to the Indigo (it likes sugar and sometimes ash water). To become blue, it needs to oxidize, at first a lively green it becomes blue as it breathes in Oxygen.
The most primitive natural place driven by a vision for a future of sustainability and self-sufficiency. Powered by the sun with the objective of preservation of knowledge to be passed on for generations and sharing the most exquisite produce derived from nature that is free from reliance on pesticides and modification. That is the farm that we work with in Chaiyapoom.
Our collaboration with the Indigo Grandmas of Sakon Nakhon has been a life-changing experience, to spend time with them, to observe, and to learn.
The Indigo is a living, breathing thing and we must nurture it as it gives us these brilliant blue hues, this is what we learnt from the Indigo Grandmas and what we wish to share.
The 1st Series of our Collaboration consists of 100% Organic Cotton T-shirts dyed by Indigo Grandmas and Shorts made from 100% Organic Hand-woven Cotton, woven and dyed by Indigo Grandmas.
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