Textile, the oldest but still prospering industry, has played a pivotal role in Hong Kong history. During the post-war era in 1950s-1960s, it has supported the livelihood of nearly half of the Hong Kong's population. According to historical records, in around 1949, a large number of Jiangsu and Zhejiang businessmen moved to Hong Kong due to the break out of Chinese civil war. They brought skilled labor, technology and capital, prompting the development of Hong Kong’s textile industry. In the golden ages of the textile industry, hundreds of thousands of Hong Kong women took on the factory work life, which allows them to self-sufficient and even support their families. From then, women became professionals and have made great contribution to Hong Kong's economic growth.
WE ARE USED TO LOSE :(
Because Mainland China offered a lower labor cost, wider industrial development space, higher expansion capacity, and easier access to production resources after economic reforms, manufacturing factories began to shift mainland in the 1980s. Hong Kong textile industry had soon became a sunset industry. Meanwhile, the skilled hands and superb sewing techniques of the former tailors and sewing workers have also been buried in the passage of time. Before these historical significances silently faded away, can we preserve this precious craftsmanship and cultural values of the past to our next generation?
We are not used to
saying goodbye ;)
Seeing a glorious traditional craft turned into sunset industry, we are not used to saying goodbye. However, we have a respect and a sense of mission for this traditional craftsmanship. Made in Sample is committed to our local crafts development; in addition to up-cycling samples, we want to last longer the skills of retired master, showing Hong Kong's next generation once again that the craftsmanship that had once led the world of fashion industry in the 60s, 70s.
Just as our beginning intention, we hope to nourish Hong Kong traditional craftsmanship in this new era, connecting the “Lion Rock Spirit” from the previous generation and the innovative mindset from the new generation. By bringing each other’s expertise to play, traditional craftsmanship can then be inherited in the realization of sustainable design. And this is the “inherit” we believe in.