THE FABRICK LAB
“A large part of our mission is to support age-old techniques and what people would consider dying arts, like Cantonese ceramic work, or the work that The Fabrick Lab does with villages in Guizhou, China,” says Young. Run by designer Elaine Yan Ling Ng, The Fabrick Lab creates hand-woven fabrics and other home accessories designed and produced in collaboration with craftswomen in Guizhou. The products incorporate traditional and complex hand-weaving techniques that produce fabrics characterised by small, repeating miao diamond patterns, and batik work, which uses locally-harvested indigo plant leaves for dye which is then applied in patterns delineated using liquid beeswax or black bean paste. With only 10 per cent of women in these villages having inherited the know-how to maintain these textile traditions, The Fabrick Lab strives to create commercial opportunities to keep the craft alive.
「設計公司的主要方向是致力保存古老工藝技術，我們同時希望發揚廣東陶瓷等碩果僅存的作品，而The Fabrick Lab的貴州項目則與公司理念完全符合。」The Fabrick Lab創辦人吳燕玲(Elaine Yan Ling Ng)與當地紡織女工合作，設計手造的布料和家品。作品有著獨有的製作方法：藍靛染料原材料來自在農村收割的板藍根，再溶掉蜂蠟或黑豆醬，布面上就出現各色各樣的花紋。過程糅合傳統工藝和手編技術，以蠟染方式打造細密種複的苗繡圖案。由於僅有少數的村民傳承染布的傳統訣竅，品牌實踐將農婦手藝走入市場的念頭。