OUR MATERIAL LAB
IT'S ALL ABOUT BEING EXPERIMENTAL
We explore and apply various textile techniques and undergo material investigations to fit in our textile formula. We are stimulated by materials and technology which help us innovate new material combination to implement into our designs.
We explore various textile techniques to our material formula.
Indigo dye is an organic compound with a distinctive blue color. It is a natural dye extracted from the leaves of Indigofera, which is an ancient dye. We experiment indigo dye with different silk mix textile to create unique shades.
Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. We have been experimenting double facing embroidery as well as embroidery with metal such as silver.
The basic concept of weaving is to intersect the longitudinal threads, (the warp), with the transverse threads, (the weft). The yarn is stretched and fastened to the loom to create a taut warp. In our family hub, weaving is one of our major principles. We weave with all different types of fiber.
Batik is a "resist" process for making designs on fabric. The artist uses wax to prevent dye from penetrating the cloth, leaving "blank" areas in the dyed fabric. We create traditional inspired patterns for the mountain villagers to create the batik textiles.
Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials. We have been embracing this technology to cut refine and intricate lace like pattern on heritage made crystallized cotton.
There are different want to create resit to block out the dye and create pattern. We mostly explore plant based or biodegradable resist material.
Rice paste dying is originated from Japan such as Katazome, Yūzen and Tsutsugaki.
A bio degradable dye resist. We have explored soy flour into a paste to create as a dye resist
Red bean paste is used to create a natural sheen on cotton and it comes with a complex process. It's a special treatment which takes over days of steaming and battering of the fabric to create a distinctive shiny surface.
Traditionally Jacquard's batik wax is a 75/25 blend of paraffin and beeswax. We create our special blend and also recycled our wax to ensure our artisan can control the batik stroke smoothly in benefit to create an intricate pattern.
We weave different type of fibres to explore different material applications.
Organic cotton products are made without toxic chemicals.
Recycled polyester uses PET as the raw material. This is the same material that is used in clear plastic water bottles, by recycling, it prevents the fabric from going to the landfill.
One of the fastest growing plant, we use this material and do not need to worry about over harvesting it.
Paper yarn has several advantages, such as lightweight and low static electricity, which are suitable for textile fabrics.
Other then the conventional materials, we also work with precious metal that traditional mills do not work with.
Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu (from Latin: cuprum) and atomic number 29. It is a soft, malleable, and ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity.
Silver is a chemical element with the symbol Ag (from the Latin argentum, derived from the Proto-Indo-European h₂erǵ: "shiny" or "white") and atomic number 47. A soft, white, lustrous transition metal, it exhibits the highest electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and reflectivity of any metal.