Our Visit With the Traditional Ikat Weaving Artisans In Amami Ōshima, Japan

Celebrating an historic Japanese craft at risk of being forgotten

It’s not surprising that Japan and its incredible craft culture is changing along with that in other parts of the world, with new techniques, often enabled by technology, creating similar products to those painstakingly created by hand. Companies that have been in business for hundreds of years, often family owned, are increasingly giving up their traditional craft or fighting to stay relevant and financially stable. …

Kathrin Von Rechenberg’s Tea Silk

The Beijing-based designer looks to an ancient textile technique to create sleekly contemporary attire

Tea silk considered one of the most well-preserved gems in Chinese silk craftsmanship. Originating from the Ming Dynasty, this fabric was once considered the most luxurious silk. The ’30s became the gilded age for xiangyunsha (the Chinese name for tea silk, also called langchou)—more expensive than gold, it was among the most desired goods by Southeast Asian aristocrats, and in China it became an icon …