'Dust' by Shan Shan Lim (2016)

'Dust' took its name from the poem 'Dust Particle' written by Nirmala Srivastava at the age of nine. These words stayed with me throughout my time in London and it was my desire to express them through my weaves. This took me on a journey of self-discovery. Six thousand miles from home, I encountered the spontaneous beauty of Ikat, a traditional Malaysian technique. 


I believe in the importance of innovation without neglecting tradition. For this collection, I used bamboo-wool and pure silk and opted for a 24-shaft Arm Loom. Over the course of three intensive months, every piece was individually hand-tied, dyed and hand-woven.


'Dust Particle'
by Nirmala Srivastava

I want to be smaller
Like a dust particle
Which moves with the wind
It goes everywhere
Can go
Sit on the head of the king
Or can go
And fall at the feet of someone
And it can go
And sit everywhere
But I want to be a particle of dust
That is fragrant
That is nourishing
That is enlightening

 Green Fashion Week, Milan '16 Press Conference

Green Fashion Week, Milan '16 Press Conference


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