‘Lanyinhuabu’ is a traditional dyeing technique unique to China’s Fujian Province, Feng's hometown, but is now only practiced by a few elderly artisans. Feng went in search of people who still practice this technique and after visiting five villages, finally found a workshop that did.
Since her Spring Summer 2020 collection, Feng has been incorporating this hand-dyed technique using the same traditional technique to create ‘Lanyinhuabu’ – a plant-based starch resist dye mixing soya paste, lime chalk and a natural indigo dye called ‘Dian Qing Ran’ which is extracted from locally-grown plants.
Plant-based resist dyeing has low colour fastness, detailing the end result with a softer colour that feels natural; raw and unfinished. The beauty of this technique is in its colour shading that varies due to the plant habitat and weather seasons, resulting with no two garments the same. By incorporating such ancient artisanship into our collection, we aim to continue such traditional craftsmanship for generations to come.