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Thao || Natural Dyeing

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Vu Thao is a clothing designer who seamlessly merges contemporary silhouettes with traditional Vietnamese techniques of natural dyeing, beeswax printing, hand quilting and embroidery. She collaborates with ethnic minority women from the northern mountains of Vietnam to grow and produce natural dyes from indigo, yam and magenta plants – and fibers from organic cotton and hemp – then weaves her own fabrics for her designs. For buttons and other trimmings, she uses natural materials like nuts, wood, coal, stone, bamboo and bone. She finds design inspiration in her eclectic collection of traditional costumes, natural materials and indigenous artifacts that fill her studio. Sophisticated and stylish, Thao is a self-confessed culture lover.

Studio Session duration 36 hours over 6 days

USD $1,665.00 for one person
USD $2,750.00 for two people


Does not include Airfare or Meals.

The artisanal village of Cao Bang is a 8-hour overnight bus ride from Hanoi with countryside views, plenty of fresh vegetables and traditional dishes. This vacation includes local bus transportation from Hanoi to Cao Bang and hotel accommodation in Nung village, a small town 15min. drive from Cao Bang.

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