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Gambiered Silk—A “natural, breathing” fabric

Gambiered silk is a handmade silk, has a history of at least 500 years.  Around 1,700 years ago, people living in Lingnan region first used the juice of dioscorea cirrhosa to reinforce fishnets. Later, they start to used the extract of dioscorea cirrhosis to dye leather and boots.It is known as “soft gold”, in 2008 gambiered silk was added to the national intangible cultural heritage list.

 

The major processes of gambiered silk:

1.Collecting discorea cirrhosa. Discordant cirrhosis formerly traded internationally as an important source of tannins for use as a preservative and dye. Tannins have the effect of preventing inserts and moths.

2. Dip-dyeing in discordant cirrhosis extract for 35 times.

3. Direct exposure to sun until the silk is ochre.

4. Spreading the silk on river mud.

5. Washing away the mud.

6. Exposure to sun for another 3-6 months.

"Dip-dyeing in discorea cirrhosa juice"

"Washing away river mud"

“Drying silk on the grassland"

it’s a old-fashioned manufacturing process requires up to six months and a complexity of methods, including dip-dyeing in discorea cirrhosa extract for 35 times and then spreading the silk on river mud and after wards a direct exposure to sun. After that, it will be another 3-6 months before the silk can be finally used for making clothes.

Gambiered silk is flame retardant, waterproof, antibacterial and antioxidant, because of the natural coating, which makes gambiered silk one of the most luxury silk. 

"Reversible Gambiered Silk Bomber Jacket"

"Reversible Gambiered Silk Bomber Jacket"

"2021 Gambiered Silk Dress"

"2021 Gambiered Silk Coat"

"2021 Gambiered Silk Qipao Dress"