NETIGER is trying to shoulder the commission that rebuilt the Chinese gown and heralded a cultural renaissance of Chinese dress. Its 2008 NETIGER Hua Fu Series appeared at Boao Forum For Asia’s closing ceremony, adding asplash of color to the meeting and hoping to waken the world’s awareness of Chinese style.Five historical colors
The series is divided into five color sections: red, green, yellow, blue and black. Each can be traced back to an ancient dynasty. Black was the favored color in Qin Dynasty (221-206BC), blue in Nanbei Dynasty (420-589) and green in Song Dynasty (960-1279). Yellow and red need no introduction, as they have long been the symbolic colors of China. Designers used black, blue and dark green as grounding to form a contrast to the exquisite embroideries, beads and Swarovski crystals.
Traditional fabric techniques
NETIGER hopes to refresh the clothing culture using Jin and Xiu as the materials to realize the five colors renaissance in a new look. Jin refers to the Yun Brocade fabric, which has a 1,500-years history and has been classified as a UNESCO intangible heritage. Its handmade Zhuanghua process only can turn out 5 centimeters every day. The saying an “inch of Yun Brocade is an inch of gold” emphasize its luxurio value. Xiu is traditional Chinese weaving techniques, integrating embroideries such as Su, Yue, Xiang and Shu. Gowns made with this manual technique take several months to finish. Patterns like fans, lamps and loricae, which bear deep Chinese traditional fingerprints, are used to make the series both elegant and sexy.