Tea and a chat
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.