Spring/Summer 2019, High Hill Collection

Spring/Summer 2019 collection is called “High Hill” which clearly draws inspiration from the unique lifestyle of people living on high mountains together with their interesting fabric weaves, clothing, and clothing decoration. Also, the collection includes a selection of the tribes’ characteristics to present the lifestyle of a tribal girl who lives and works in a big city. When missing her hometown, the tribal girl returns there. She never forgets the life there, so she brings beautiful fabrics and decoration from her birthplace to wear in her daily life in the big city. The clothings are divided into 6 tribes as follows:

Hand-woven cottons and hand-dyed fabrics are popular among Karens used for clothing and hair accessories. Nowadays, Karens use bright cottons, threads and stone Job’s tears. Karen females usually classify stone Job’s tears by sizes and shapes and use them to embroider into different patterns onto shawls, head scarves, shirt hems and tote bags, which is considered as another fabric art that adds beauty and uniqueness to Karens’ woven cloth. Karens normally wear three brass rings on their neck starting from the collarbone area to chin area as accessories. Besides, they wear silver bangles made of aluminium and brass rings on their legs. They are also appeared to always have bangs.

Hmong people weave their fabrics from hemp fibre (The plant looks like marijuana plant, but its flowers and leaves cannot be smoked). To weave skirts, Hmong women use their fingers to take hemp fibres out and gather them into a big thread, then the hemp fibres are bleached in alkaline ash water so that they turn into white and yellow, which will be woven later. The texture is rough and thick, yet, soft with the approximate width of 40 centimetres. After that, geometry shapes will be painted on them with beeswax. Then, the fabrics will be dyed black and boiled to let the beeswax melt. This is considered as an ancient way of making boutique fabrics. The dyed cloth will be folded into small pleats by pressing it with a wood to let the pleats form. Then, they will embroider between pleats. Hmong people usually wear silver leaves stamped with different patterns as necklaces, earrings, as well as head and clothing accessories.

Mien people wear black rough pants where delicate flower patterns are embroidered in the front part. For the upper wear, they wear v-neck shirts that are embroidered with knitting wools in the middle part. There is normally a side split of the shirt cutting from the waist area. When wearing the shirt, the front and the back parts of the shirt swing apart. Also, they have got a rope to tie and knot it at the back. It is decorated with beautiful flower patterns, and usually worn in a wedding ceremony with exquisite big hair accessories on a head scarf.

Aka people wear black pleated skirts with navy blue knee pads. They wear black or navy blue crewneck long-sleeve shirts in medium length with a cut in the front part. There are also folded sleeves with stripes in different colors sewn from the wrist area to the underarm area. They also wear a cloth belt decorated with turned-over shells made of wild Job’s tears as well as a cloth hat embroidered with silver beads in a row sewn from the forehead area to the occipital bone and side parts. At the back of the hat, there is a flat trapezoid box with silver side turned over. On the sides, the hat is decorated with a red cloth garland tangled with beads in different colors and ancient silver coins dangling around the sideburns area. Also, there is a bead strap to tie under chin. There are also some beads and Job’s tears decorated on the chest area in Akan style.

Lisu usually wear black pants and red shin pads. For the shirt. it is long like a gown with a split cut on both sides, usually coming in light green or blue colors. Additionally, they have a rope belt with a tassel in different colors. Around the neck and arm areas, there are stripes coming in various colors embroidered in rainbow shade worn by Lisu’s females. It is mostly decorated with stripes in different colors, silver beads, and sometimes with embroidery on the joint part between the waist belt and the tassel as well as the joint part between a tote bag and a tassel. Even though it is not complicated to manufacture Lisu’s fabric and it comes with a few patterns, it is so unique that it has always been in need in the market of high mountain fabrics as they dare enough to bring bright colours together and they can do it perfectly. The art on their cloth as well as accessories on their clothing can represent a uniquely creative freedom well.

Lahu people either use black or blue cloth depending on their groups. Their clothings, therefore, are decorated with cloth in various colors. Since there are various tribes of Lahu people, clothings and patterns vary according to each group. However, one thing that is the same is the sarong that they wear. Two kinds of shirts are worn by Lahu Dum females. The inner shirt is a cropped long-sleeve shirt while the outer one has long-sleeve but coming in calf-long. It is decorated with cloth in various colors and silver accessories. For Lahu males in every group, they wear all black; black shirts and black pants. However, there are stripes in various colors embroidered overlapping each other on the hem of pants, shirts, and in front of the shirt.