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Designer Kathrin von Rechenberg’s ‘Tea Silk’ Fashion

While much of the Chinese fashion world seems to be focused on big-name labels like Chanel and Gucci, designer Kathrin von Rechenberg turns to ancient Chinese methods for her inspiration.

The Beijing-based designer creates haute couture clothing made from tea silk, which is produced by a process indigenous to Southeast Asia. Silk is dyed multiple times in a stew made from yam roots and finished up with a final soak in the iron-rich mud of Guangdong province. It is dried under the sun. (Traditionally the fabric was washed…

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