Funds from this campaign will help pay for the rebranding of our line and the expansion of our collections. With your support, we will build a luxury sustainable fashion brand that will put Tan Chau silk back on the map.
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ONCE THE PRIDE OF VIETNAM
In the early 1900's, Tan Chau village was prized as the birthplace of the most luxurious silk, reserved solely for royalty.
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Dyed entirely with the medicinal mặc nưa fruit, the only natural true black dye in the world
Miraculously turning from green to black overnight once crushed, its tannin acts as its own binder and gives the silk its unique glossiness and sturdy texture.
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Over the last few decades, the population of mặc nưa trees keeps diminishing as they are replaced by food crops that are more profitable and easier to manipulate (the mặc nưa tree cannot tolerate chemical sprays, so it is inherently "organic").
In addition, most of the village gave up on the craft because of competition from much cheaper synthetic silk made by big factories and imported from other countries.
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The first time I met Mr. Tri Nguyen, I couldn't hold back tears as I listened to the stories of his family, his village, and the dying 100-year-old silk-making tradition, told over a home-cooked dinner by his wife and business partner, the lovely Mrs. Thy.
Tri told me that his father, 92-year-old Mr. Long, implored to him, "no matter what, please don't give up on the family business until the day I die." Then he said, "my only dream is to have an acre of land to grow mặc nưa."
I knew right away then this was what I was put on this earth to do, starting with making Tri's dream of growing mặc nưa on his own land come true.
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MORE STYLES COMING SOON
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Silk is one of the safest fibers because it is naturally flame resistant. While synthetics melt, silk burns to harmless ash. As a single silk fibre has a tensile strength equal to steel wire of the same diameter, silk does not rip easily.
The hygroscopic silk absorbs one third its own weight in moisture, which evaporates quickly. Being exothermic, silk releases energy as heat when absorbing moisture. This means silk keeps the body warm even when wet.
Sericin, the silk protein rich in amino acids, is now being used in skincare as an anti-aging moisturizer. Silk provides some natural protection from damaging UV rays and has calming, therapeutic effects on skin inflammation.
With its natural breathability and moisture management, silk adjusts to the body’s temperature and provides a protective layer, trapping warm air like a second skin. It keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.