TANGY Silk Garden, the protection base for the national intangible cultural heritage gambiered Guangdong silk in Shunde district, Foshan, South China's Guangdong province.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
A protection base has been built for the national intangible cultural heritage gambiered Guangdong silk (also called "liangchou" in Chinese). On Nov 1, the base, TANGY Silk Garden, was unveiled in Shunde district, Foshan, South China's Guangdong province.
The protection base, designed by British architect Thomas Heatherwick, covers a total area of about 3,000 square meters. The base serves as a cultural industrial park of gambiered Guangdong silk, integrating protection, research and development, production, exhibition and environmental protection education. It contains research and development center, TANGY Silk museum, TANGY Silk protection foundation, designated education base of global fashion management EMBA, Liang Zi creative studio and art museum of creative life with TANGY Silk. The base will be free to public until November 12.
A model takes the runway at a fashion show featuring sustainable luxury brand TANGY Collection, founded by Liang Zi, during the unveiling ceremony of TANGY Silk Garden, the protection base for the national intangible cultural heritage gambiered Guangdong silk in Shunde district, Foshan, South China's Guangdong province, Nov 1, 2019. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
As early as 2008, gambiered Guangdong silk was included in the Ministry of Culture and Tourism’s list of national intangible cultural heritage. To better inherit and protect liangchou, develop and promote liangchou cultural industry, and comprehensively expand and extend the industrial chain in terms of clothing, creativity and cultural tourism, under the planning and guidance of Shunde district government, TANGY Liangchou Ecological Cultural Investment Co Ltd in Foshan invested and built the protection base.
Liang Zi, the head of the base, has been committed to inheriting and innovating liangchou dyeing and finishing technology for more than 20 years. She has won "Golden Top Award", the highest honor in China’s design industry.
According to Liang Zi, the reason for establishing the protection base is to protect the liangchou culture from disappearance under today’s utilitarian impact. The protection base not only belongs to TANGY, but also Shunde, and the whole world.
Liang Zi, head of TANGY Silk Garden, the protection base for the national intangible cultural heritage gambiered Guangdong silk, takes to the runway at a fashion show staged during the unveiling ceremony of the base in Shunde district, Foshan, South China's Guangdong province, Nov 1, 2019.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
In 1994, eco-minded designers Liang Zi and Huang Zhihua created the fashion brand TANGY, using gambiered Guangdong silk to make clothing with modern fashion design. TANGY clothes caused a sensation in the industry at the 2001 Beijing International Fashion Week and then shined on international stages such as Paris, London, Singapore fashion weeks. In 2006, TANGY clothes were presented to the Swedish Royal family.
Due to its innovation and contribution to the environment, TANGY Collection was recently selected by 1.618 Paris, an agency committed to raising awareness of sustainable development, as one of 15 sustainable luxury brands. It was also invited to participate in the Premiere Classe exhibition held in Paris.