Nomadic textiles

By researching ancient materials, dyeing and production techniques and combining them with current and future technologies, we develop future concepts for innovative and sustainable fashion. That is why we spent time in Taiwan to research the indigenous materials and dyeing techniques used by the Atayal tribe and worked on “Nomadic textiles”.

The goal for us was to create garments with indigenous techniques and without waste. We started by harvesting local materials and then learned how to work with them. For example, tree bark is one of the first materials to be worn by humans (in addition to the animal skin). Then we went to see how we could use these materials in a new way. By perfectly shaping the tree bark around the body, we not only achieved a garment without waste, we also created a new look for this old material in the form of a bustier. Inspired by the human muscles we created a second skin of the skin of trees in the shape of a collar. The orange color is from a local root that they still dye with. We also used a local jelly. During our first trip to Taiwan we discovered that it had an glueing capacity. We continued this research in our studio in the Netherlands and brought back the results this year. By bonding raw ramie fibers in this natural way, a final study was created. All these designs are 100% natural.

The theme of this year was “Nomadic textiles”. The Atayal used to be one tribe before they had to split up to survive. That is also why there are many “sub” tribes that all have their own style of garments based on their circumstances and preferences. With the help of their old techniques in combination with Body-Based Modeling, these materials traveled from the past to the future. Perfectly suited to the Nomadic theme of this residence.

Watch some footage on this event on Taiwanese television.


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