Tsukuyomi Black Fall Winter 2023-2024 collection during Paris Fashion Week.
First appearance at Paris Fashion Week, this collection, titled "Born to earth, Reborn to earth," explores themes of humans coexisting with nature.
The 2022 Spring/Summer lineup employs traditional Japanese dyeing and bleach techniques, while the 2023 Autumn/Winter lineup features "mud dyeing" techniques from Amami shima, an island in southern Japan.
Layra went to Amami shima and worked with local "mud dyeing" craftsmen. During her stay, she became conscious of the blessing of earth and water and how mud is born from rich water and lands.
Layra's dyeing process is experimental. Each piece is not done after a single dyeing process but is somewhat washed, bleached, and dyed multiple times before it acquires its final gradation of colors.
The fabrics used for every piece in the collection were dyed from scratch, and each piece was designed after examining the final dyed fabric.
Layra has also experimented with nature-friendly fabric (fabric made from basalt rock) for a piece in her collection. Basalt rock has received praise in recent years as an alternative to other nature-unfriendly materials linked to microplastic ocean pollution problems.
The nature-inspired color theme of this collection includes the earth's pulse (brown), red flames of life and rebirth, black that envelopes all, and blue that washes all away. Various color gradation pieces were made to match each season's color themes.
Text written on the pieces casually represents messages to oneself regarding one's struggles and encouragement.
Background music was selected to match this collection's emphasis on nature, natural fabrics, and natural dyeing processes.
Every piece in this collection expresses moving away from mass production towards new innovation and values.
Text and Photo: Press Tsukuyomi Black
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