A Vietnamese Designer Tweaks Traditional Fabric Production
Working with some of the country’s ethnic-minority groups, Vu Thao has added her own ideas to the routine sourcing process.
HANOI, Vietnam — In 2010, the fashion designer Vu Thao asked her suppliers in a remote corner of northern Vietnam to alter their traditional indigo-dying technique. They were skeptical.She wanted them to stir the vats during the process, a break with village practice. And, sure enough, it appeared to bring the normal chemical reaction to a halt.“It’s dead,” one supplier said.But the finished cotton fabric had a cloudy, teal-colored look, recalled Ms. Thao, who is Vietnamese, and her suppliers...
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