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Preserve the luxurious silk that is good for YOUR skin
Revive an economy and a tradition

Goal: $35,000 by JANUARY 30, 2019

26.9%

Funds from this campaign will help pay for the rebranding of our line and the expansion of our collections. With your support, we will build a luxury sustainable fashion brand that will put Tan Chau silk back on the map. 

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  • $110 YEM gift card 
  • YEM exclusive  hemp clutch
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ONCE THE PRIDE OF VIETNAM

In the early 1900's, Tan Chau village was prized as the birthplace of the most luxurious silk, reserved solely for royalty.

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  • $550 YEM gift card 
  • YEM exclusive  hemp clutch
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Dyed entirely with the medicinal mặc nưa fruit, the only natural true black dye in the world

Miraculously turning from green to black overnight once crushed, its tannin acts as its own binder and gives the silk its unique glossiness and sturdy texture.

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  • $1,250 YEM gift card 
  • YEM exclusive  hemp clutch
  • One ($89.99 value) cashmere scarf
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Over the last few decades, the population of mặc nưa trees keeps diminishing as they are replaced by food crops that are more profitable and easier to manipulate (the mặc nưa tree cannot tolerate chemical sprays, so it is inherently "organic").

In addition, most of the village gave up on the craft because of competition from much cheaper synthetic silk made by big factories and imported from other countries. 

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  • $1,875 YEM gift card 
  • YEM exclusive  hemp clutch
  • One ($89.99 value) cashmere scarf
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THANKFULLY, THERE IS ONE FAMILY LEFT STILL PURSUING THE CRAFT

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  • $2,500 YEM gift card 
  • YEM exclusive  hemp clutch
  • One ($89.99 value) cashmere scarf
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The first time I met Mr. Tri Nguyen, I couldn't hold back tears as I listened to the stories of his family, his village, and the dying 100-year-old silk-making tradition, told over a home-cooked dinner by his wife and business partner, the lovely Mrs. Thy.

Tri told me that his father, 92-year-old Mr. Long, implored to him, "no matter what, please don't give up on the family business until the day I die." Then he said, "my only dream is to have an acre of land to grow mặc nưa."

I knew right away then this was what I was put on this earth to do, starting with making Tri's dream of growing mặc nưa on his own land come true.  


Pledge $2,500, receive:

  • $3,500 YEM gift card 
  • YEM exclusive  hemp clutch
  • One ($89.99 value) cashmere scarf
  • Private consultation & alterations at YEM Studio in LA
  • Membership to YEM Angel Club with access to private events, experiences, online circle, and the physical YEM Studio (starting in 2019)
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What You Are Getting

With your pledge, you will be receiving a gift card with a corresponding value that can be used on clothing anytime, among other perks. 

  • Available now: Women & Men Made-to-Order  
  • Available in 2019: Special Occasions, Intimates, Bespoke, new colors, patterns and styles

Pledge $3,500, receive:

  • $6,000 YEM gift card 
  • YEM exclusive  hemp clutch
  • One ($89.99 value) cashmere scarf
  • Private consultation & alterations at YEM Studio in LA
  • Membership to YEM Angel Club with access to private events, experiences, online circle, and the physical YEM Studio (starting in 2019)
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MORE STYLES COMING SOON

Pledge $5,000, receive:

  • $10,000 YEM gift card 
  • YEM exclusive  hemp clutch
  • One ($89.99 value) cashmere scarf
  • Private consultation & alterations at YEM Studio in LA
  • Membership to YEM Angel Club with access to private events, experiences, online circle, and the physical YEM Studio (starting in 2019)
  • A custom piece made for and named after  you. 
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Pledge above to be one of the first to experience Tan Chau Silk.

Our Tan Chau Silks


Imperial Silk (aka Lacquer Silk)


Extra smooth, sheen, glossy, leather-feel
Dyed with mặc nưa fruit, world's only natural true black dye


Midnight Silk


Textured, stiffer, thicker, linen-feel
Dyed with mặc nưa fruit, world's only natural true black dye


Colored Silk


Smooth, light, cool, soft, satin-feel
Dyed with local leaves and tree bark, varied by season

the most natural fabric

9 Key Tan Chau Silk Qualities

  • Hand-woven
  • 100% Natural
  • Wrinkle-resistant 
  • 100% Silk
  • Made by Tan Chau Artisans
  • Diverse textures
  • Botanical Dyes
  • Medicinal
  • Hand-washable

the most natural fabric

How Tan Chau Silk Is Made

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Spin threads from silkworm cocoons

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Weave silk from threads

3

Dye silk with botanicals

Why Silk?

SAFE & DURABLE

Silk is one of the safest fibers because it is naturally flame resistant. While synthetics melt, silk burns to harmless ash. As a single silk fibre has a tensile strength equal to steel wire of the same diameter, silk does not rip easily. 

DRY

The hygroscopic silk absorbs one third its own weight in moisture, which evaporates quickly. Being exothermic, silk releases energy as heat when absorbing moisture. This means silk keeps the body warm even when wet.

WEARABLE SKINCARE

Sericin, the silk protein rich in amino acids, is now being used in skincare as an anti-aging moisturizer. Silk provides some natural protection from damaging UV rays and has calming, therapeutic effects on skin inflammation.


SEASONLESS

With its natural breathability and moisture management, silk adjusts to the body’s temperature and provides a protective layer, trapping warm air like a second skin. It keeps you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. 

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