The Understated Elegance of Natural Fibers
“Mud silk” is best known as the fabric found in fashions from such innovative designers as Sophie Hong in Taiwan and Alistair Trung in Australia. Mud silk, also known as lacquered silk, originates in the Ming dynasty. In a craft developed in rural China, silk is dyed in pure yam juice and grass. The material is then exposed to sunlight and rubbed in mud from the bottom of the river. This process creates stunning tortoise-shell patterns in a fabric that is elegant and durable. The creativity and craft associated with this natural fabric is an example of the culture and know how of the Chinese people that was repressed and nearly lost during the Cultural Revolution, but has now been revived.
Caroline Lee, the owner of Caroline Boutique in Issaquah, emphasizes the authentic flair of her “mud silk” jackets. A resident of Issaquah, she travels frequently to China and Taiwan to augment her collection of pashmina shawls, silk jackets, jade jewelry and other fine wearables.
Caroline is available from 10-12 noon and on an appointment basis in her showroom in Issaquah. She also has a booth at the weekend Issaquah market in Pickering Place.
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