Journal

Processes

Ebony Fruit Dyeing in the Mekong Delta

Ebony Fruit Dyeing in the Mekong Delta

A fading tradition from Vietnam's southern Mekong Delta region is given new life through Kilomet109 designs...   Since 2016 Kilomet109 has been working with a family of artisans in Vietnam's Mekong Delta to make ebony fruit dyed silk for use in our collections....

Beeswax Batik Drawing

Beeswax Batik Drawing

Batik beeswax drawing is an ancient technique used to create patterns and motifs on dyed fabric...   As part of Kilomet109's most recent collections, Phiêu and Miên, we collaborated with artisans from the Blue H'mong community in rural Hoà Bình, Vietnam. We...

Materials

Our Materials: Hemp

Our Materials: Hemp

Hemp is one of the most versatile and socially significant plants in human history... With a genealogy that can be traced back to ancient Mesopotamia and China, hemp is believed to be the first plant used for weaving fabric to make clothes. Throughout much of Asia and...

Our Materials: Indigo

Our Materials: Indigo

Indigo dye is one of the world’s most recognizable and beloved pigments... In Vietnam, indigo dyeing has a legacy that stretches back centuries. Expertise is passed down from one generation to the next in many ethnic minority communities. This includes well worn...

Our Materials: Yam Root

Our Materials: Yam Root

Yam root dye creates a beautiful range of colors. Finding the elusive root, however, is a challenge...   Yam root grows wild on large tree vines which line the forest floor in jungle areas of northern Vietnam. During the dry season our team treks to these remote areas...

Projects

Elle Fashion Runway HCMC

Elle Fashion Runway HCMC

Elle Vietnam Magazine invited Kilomet109 to present our Phiêu Collection as part of the first fashion runway show dedicated to sustainable fashion. Have a look at some of the looks that graced the runway in Ho Chi Minh City.

London Design Biennale 2018 Pavilion Debuts in Hanoi

London Design Biennale 2018 Pavilion Debuts in Hanoi

Hanoi - June 2020 The Vietnam pavilion from the London Design Biennale debuted in Hanoi at Manzi Art Space this month. The exhibition marked the successful showcase of the pavilion in Vietnam, and the first time exhibiting in front of a Vietnamese audience.In 2018,...

Press

CNA Luxury travels to Hanoi to visit Kilomet109

CNA Luxury travels to Hanoi to visit Kilomet109

Kilomet109 debuts on CNA "Remarkable Living" program    Thrilled to have Channel News Asia feature Kilomet109 on their Luxury Lifestyle platform Remarkable Living. This interview takes you into Kilomet109's design studio and Thao's textile inspirations. You'll...

Kilomet109 featured on CNN’s “Iconic Hanoi” Series

Kilomet109 featured on CNN’s “Iconic Hanoi” Series

Kilomet109 debuts on CNN International    Travel to Hanoi, Vietnam, and follow Kilomet109 founder Thao Vu as she reveals her work studio and retail shop during this episode of CNN's "Iconic Hanoi" series.  The segment on Kilomet109 starts at the 1 minute mark of...

The New York Times Features Kilomet109

The New York Times Features Kilomet109

The New York Times features Kilomet109 head designer, Thao Vu, and how she is turning sustainable fashion on its head, taking it back to its roots...   People are starting to take notice! We recently had the pleasure of receiving a New York Times reporter at our...