Sustainable fabrics for clothing: Lãnh Mỹ A

Lãnh Mỹ A silk comes from Tân Châu silk village in An Giang province, Vietnam, and is known as the unrivaled queen of Vietnam silk. It is no coincidence that Lãnh Mỹ A is honored in this way. It is a truly one-of-a-kind silk, made from the finest silk fibers and dyed using an extremely complex weaving and dyeing process.

The origin of Lãnh Mỹ A – silk lacquer

In the family weaving mills of Tân Châu, the production technology of this high-end traditional material is transmitted from generation to generation. A senior Lãnh Mỹ A the silk must have all three elements: it must be entirely of natural silk, woven using satin-8 techniques (the highest level of weaving technique) and dyed with the fruit of diospyros mollis (or mặc nưa, henceforth we use this word to show respect and honor to the master of Lãnh Mỹ A silk and its ilk). High quality silkworm weaving materials are required as those that do not meet the standard break easily during the weaving process resulting in a coarse product.

Among the steps, the dyeing of the silk is the most complicated phase. It’s the mặc nưa fruit dyeing technique that gives Lãnh Mỹ A its famous glossy jet black color and eco-friendly treatment. On average, 50 kilograms of mặc nưa fruit is needed to dye a 10 meter roll of silk. To ensure that each strand of silk is evenly absorbed, the silk should be dipped in the dye solution about 100 times. The dyeing process begins with drying the silk again and again from morning to noon. Then the silk is dried in the sun on large lawns – the grass should be firm enough to lift the fabric but soft enough not to scratch it. Silk is expensive; but its texture is similar to cotton and cannot withstand the scorching sun or the high temperatures of a drying oven; it can only be dried in a meadow with light sun and wind.

Alternating between dyeing and drying, the silk is washed in Mekong water to remove any excess resin on the fabric, then comes the beating so that the mặc nưa the resin penetrates deep into each silk thread and makes the silk soft and shiny. If the weather is good, it will take about two months for a finished silk fabric. But if it rains, the process would take 3 or 4 months.

It is the feat in the process of creating this finished product that Lãnh Mỹ A silk is more and more “disappeared” even in its birthplace, the craftsmen who hold this secret counting only on the tips of their fingers.

Of course, because it is completely handmade and natural, it is the ideal choice for sustainable fashion. We’ve come a long way to find these silks and turn them into groundbreaking creations.

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The future of Lãnh Mỹ A

Lãnh Mỹ A risks being lost forever for various reasons. The main problem is the dwindling supply of mona. Each territory of Lãnh Mỹ A the roll is 20 meters long and 90 centimeters wide; each roll requires about 80-100 kilograms of mặc nưa fruit or more to dye. There are no more vast lands of trees in the past. Although he is the soul of Lãnh Mỹ A silk is simply a common material without the characteristic shiny black color that creates the signature silk queen.

Mặc nưa the trees grew wild in Tân Châu and were also heavily planted. However, due to many up and down incidents of climate change, forests are shrinking and it is also rare for people to set aside land for planting. mặc nưa trees because they take three to five years to bear fruit. Many mặc nưa trees have been cut down to grow food or use the land for more productive purposes. Craftsmen always passionate Lãnh Mỹ A don’t have enough mặc nưa fruit resources to produce in the same quantity as before.

The shortage of skilled workers is another reason why Lãnh Mỹ A will be rare in the future. The silk manufacturing process is extremely strict. Weaving this silk requires great skill, as well as good health and vision. The silk craftsmen who mastered the dyeing process are mostly elderly and have few heirs. The brotherhood of this ecological process is extremely rare.

The cost of Lãnh Mỹ A is also a concern. Lãnh Mỹ A is quite expensive compared to many other fabrics due to the use of high quality materials and complicated manufacturing processes. This is why so few designers in the world are interested in this material – because it will not be economically viable. However, if many people discover this unique lacquered silk and place large orders, Tân Châu will miss Lãnh Mỹ A. This vicious circle is extremely difficult to break. Fortunately, Yvette LIBBY N’guyen has this limited edition.

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Save a Dream for the Silk Queen

It is no exaggeration to say that Lãnh Mỹ A is one of the fashion industry’s luxury treasures. When you hold Lãnh Mỹ Athe cool silk layer will glide over your fingers, soft and smooth like skin, with a light natural scent of mặc nưa fruit.

The unique feature of Lãnh Mỹ Awhich is made from premium quality silk yarn, is that it does not stretch or absorb moisture, making it cool to wear in summer and warm in winter. Lãnh Mỹ A has a shiny side and a matte side, and its magical black color will not fade over time; in fact, the longer you wear it, the jet blacker it becomes.

Lãnh Mỹ A contains imprints of meadows, sun, wind, river water, the scent of precious tropical fruits, the essence of people passionate about beauty, and imprints of time.

Yvette Libby is one of those designers constantly concerned with preserving local cultural values. The creations of Yvette Libby from Lãnh Mỹ A have helped bring the essence of Vietnamese traditional handicraft industry to the fashion world. As stated earlier, Lãnh Mỹ A or silk lacquer no longer has any commercial value. Yvette Libby came to lacquer silk not with a business idea in mind, but with an unconditional love for silk; as we aim to keep dreams alive.

You can also keep your dream to yourself. keep one Lãnh Mỹ A shirt or coat in your closet is like having a dream, because the uncertain future of Lãnh Mỹ A feels like a fairy, and we don’t know if she’ll ever go away.

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The beauty and the preciousness of Lãnh Mỹ A come not only from the rarity of this type of silk but also from its “fascinating” beauty. Moreover, as lacquered silk is considered the ideal material for sustainable fashion, the queen of silk becomes even more noble and inspiring for fashion lovers.

Do you want to have a sweet dream with the silk queen today? Do not miss the opportunity to touch this “heritage”.

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