The altar 1
Embroidery with found rayon yarns
7cm x 8cm
Thai Nguyen, Vietnam
For generations, indigenous communities in Northern Vietnam have safeguarded Sacred Forests from human interference. In 2017, the Vietnamese government officially recognized sacred forests as a distinct land category under the law. Prior to this recognition, numerous sacred forests had been cleared for agricultural purposes. These forested areas hold significance beyond their spiritual value; they serve as repositories of valuable natural wisdom and reservoirs of biodiversity. Among the H'mong people, these trees are affectionately referred to as "father and mother," while other communities offer prayers to honor the spirits residing within these venerable trees. Amidst my tenure within the fashion and textile realm, the zeitgeist embraced sustainable wood-derived fabrics – rayon, viscose, and lyocell. Yet, a disconcerting truth unraveled: the frenzy for these materials, driven by Chinese demand, ravaged Indonesian forests. A pivotal visit to a modest knitting factory revealed heaps of yarn and thread slated for incineration, shattering my complacency, and I forsook the fashion world. From those discarded threads, "THE ALTAR 1" was birthed. Rayon yarns, witnesses to human consumption and abandonment, converged in this tactile testament. Their journey from nature's bosom to human hands, through modification, trade, and eventual disregard, found an eternal resting place in this altar. It stands as a tribute to the forests that succumbed to humanity's cravings, a manifestation of my devotion. Leaf by leaf, stitch by stitch, I embroidered, seeking to bridge the chasm between human action and ecological equilibrium. A symphony of compassion and gratitude resonates through each delicate fiber, a plea to evoke nature's response, perhaps echoed through the songs of insects and the embrace of moss. Enshrined within a lingering spider's web amidst the forest's embrace, this fragile altar beckons as a call to mindfulness, a gesture of contemplation. As the eminent textile master, Shimura Fukumi, imparts, "If we still our heart enough for the lives of trees, and grasses to reach us, we will realize of our own accord how precious they are."
Leaf by leaf, stitch by stitch, I embroidered, seeking to bridge the chasm between human action and ecological equilibrium. A symphony of compassion and gratitude resonates through each delicate fiber, a plea to evoke nature's response, perhaps echoed through the songs of insects and the embrace of moss.
Nổ Cái Bùm - Đà Lạt - Việt Nam