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Elaine Ng on new textile design brand UN/FOLD STORIES

by Dennis Lee on Sep 17, 2019 in Products
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Elaine Ng’s launches local textile design brand UN/FOLD STORIES aims to support traditional craftsmanship in China and beyond

 

Elaine Ng is no stranger to working with textiles. Founder of The Fabrick Lab, she has created numerous interactive and highly acclaimed installations by experimenting with both heritage textiles and electronics.

Elaine NgOn a trip to Guizhou in China in 2013, she took a step further when she was inspired by underprivileged villagers who earn a living by making cloth. Wanting to tell the story behind their work, she and her team at The Fabrick Lab launched a heritage research initiative called UN/FOLD, with the aim of bringing modern production methods and technology, such as laser cutting, to traditional textiles, preserving intangible heritage craft techniques and providing a sustainable living for local villagers. UN/FOLD STORIES is the result, a textile and lifestyle design brand that spans travel, dining and home collections. The products, which embrace heritage, material innovation and social sustainability, employ traditional skills and techniques such as weaving, indigo dyeing, embroidery and batik, and all are made by hand with locally sourced materials by artisans in Guizhou. Products include an organic silk-cotton kimono, handwoven trainers, an indigo silk scarf, double-dyed wooden plates, coasters, place mats, block-colour woven cushions and batik stools.

We want to provide meaningful products for people who want to spend meaningfully, and most importantly, to create a better impact for the society, not only for ladies but for all genders

The brand has just opened a four-month pop-up store at The Mills in Tsuen Wan, where Ng is a resident of The Mills Fabrica. Ng, a judge of this year's Perspective A&D Trophy Awards, is now planning to expand the project to the Philippines and hopes to engage in five Southeast Asian countries in 10 years. "We want to provide meaningful products for people who want to spend meaningfully, and most importantly, to create a better impact for the society, not only for ladies but for all genders," said Ng at the opening of the pop-up store last month.


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