The Experience Of Authentic Indigo-Dye Technique
In the film ‘Finding Oase’ designer Philip Huang traveled to Thailand to experience the authentic indigo-dye technique. The outcome is a more than 12-minutes long film which was made in collaboration with the cinematographer Sayombhu Mukdeeprom of ‘Call Me By Your Name’.
Philip Huang is a label that is founded by the two designers Philip Huang and Chomwan Weeraworit. They’re splitting their time between Bangkok and New York.
The Sakon Nakhon Province In Thailand
For the film, they went to the Sakon Nakhon province in Thailand. In this area everyone works with handweaving and indigo, so men and women. This, because it’s their main income.
Weaving is done by hand on authentic handlooms. The dyeing process is also done by hand, with a bark tree, but also with indigo leaves. They use two different indigo plants, Indigofera Tinctoria, but also Indigofera Suffruticosa. They’re coming from the same indigo family plants.
A Local Folk Craft
In the village, the craftspeople didn’t wear the indigo clothes by themselves for a long time, as it was seen as old-fashioned. This because it was, and still is, a local folk craft. Nowadays, they wear it again, and with pride.
Watch Finding Oase
Watch the ‘Finding Oase’ film with beautiful shots of Thailand.