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Haute Cul­ture on eth­nic tex­tiles

Where did my pas­sion for cre­ative com­mu­ni­ties be­gin? I totally fell head over heels in love with cul­tural fash­ion in 2013 when I moved to Viet­nam. I quickly be­came mes­merised by the colour­ful and in­tri­cate clothes of eth­nic mi­nor­ity women of the North who were mak­ing and rock­ing their own hand­made clothes al­most ev­ery day. My end-game dream is to pro­duce a col­lec­tion of cool travel ac­ces­sories us­ing newly made tra­di­tional tex­tile which will al­low me to col­lab­o­rate with ar­ti­sans from each com­mu­nity we work with. The big­gest lessons, in tex­tiles and in life, that I’ve learnt from these com­mu­ni­ties are to slow down, em­brace cre­ative prac­tices simply for the joy of do­ing and sur­round your­self with non-com­pet­i­tive cre­ative com­mu­ni­ties and co-op­er­a­tives, whose are team mem­bers thrive by in­spir­ing, mo­ti­vat­ing and sup­port­ing each other. I con­sider my­self su­per for­tu­nate to have found my pur­pose­ful ca­reer, and ev­ery sin­gle new ar­ti­san group I meet and learn from around the world is al­ways a very spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ence for me. The North Thai­land Dara-ang did, how­ever, totally steal my heart with their fuch­sia pink bags cov­ered in sparkly tas­sels and neon pom poms!

Visit www.hautecul­ture­fash­ion.com to find out more about Donna’s unique travel com­pany for women, ded­i­cated to tra­di­tional dress, tex­tiles and tribes around the world. She shares in­cred­i­ble cul­tural tex­tiles and where she’s off to next on In­sta­gram @hautecul­ture­tex­tile­tours.

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