The Lab is a still laboratory of frozen natural dye techniques and processes, a visually engaging manifestation of the dialogue between traditional Vietnamese craft communities, environmentally and culturally sustainable practices, ingredients and processes within contemporary textile design.
As Vietnam struggles to maintain its rich history of craft communities, The Lab seeks to demonstrate the need for innovation and creativity. The installation presents the full creative cycle of fashion designer Thảo Vũ’s textile techniques, broken down into its components, before being reincorporated, and re-imagined, into new kinds of sustainable textiles.
The Lab is constructed over an indigo pool integrating all steps, raw materials, and traditional techniques that are used in Vu’s textile production. The result brings the audience a close-up view of the full sustainable textile design process.