PROJECT DISCRIPTION This project is about understanding sustainability of the ancient Chinese Philosophy, Daoism, and building a sustainable high-end brand by practicing Dao. The ancient Chinese philosophy Daoism proposed the idea of ‘The unity of man and nature’ . It combines the aesthetic and the environment by designing a harmonious surrounding environment. The concept of Daoism is circular; instead of a product being abandoned after its first use, every product is designed to have several life cycles, similar to how nature is designed to have an afterlife. Therefore encouraging customers to become more thoughtful and responsible, while enhancing the emotional relationship between products and consumers. The garments are produced locally in Taiwan using 100% recycled PET material. This supports small-scale tailoring studios and promotes the traditional craftsmanship of Taiwanese embroidery. The project intends to promote interaction between cultures and inspire people to give equal emphasis on humanistic spirit and scientific development to create a sustainable future.
The aesthetic inspiration of this collection comes from a Taiwanese folk culture “Guang Jiang Shou.” Guan Jiang Shou belong to the polythetic Taoist religion. They are described as the underworld police or the bodyguards of gods. In using visual references from the Guang Jiang Shou, we seek to act as guards of tradition and culture. While the whole world is marching into the future towards globalization and focusing on developing new technology, Hidden in corners and crevices of communities around the world are stories and traditons, which deserve to be remembered and valued.