From September 29 to October 8, 2022, CHAxART will host the international touring exhibition of 'naze naze weaving slowly - Dulong project' in Amsterdam. The exhibition will showcase naze naze's progress since its establishment in 2015, the trust-building and collaboration with the Dulong people, and the achievements so far.
The Dulong people are the smallest ethnic group in China, mainly living in Yunnan Province in southwestern China. In the Dulong language, "naze naze brao" means "weaving slowly". Weaving has always been a part of Dulong women's lives. Over the past 7 years, naze naze and the woman weavers from the Dulong River Valley have developed a unique model of urban-rural partnership through textiles. The naze naze project team revisits the Dulong community every year, and the chat content has gradually extended from discussing colour combinations and weaving techniques to sharing anecdotes about life.
In 2015, with the design and technical support from the klee klee team, a division of the sustainable fashion brand in Shanghai, Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) initiated the naze naze Dulong Project. It aims to protect, develop and present the unique weaving tradition of the Dulong people and the textiles made by the Dulong women. Taking social responsibility as its core mission, 100% of the profits are reinvested in local communities and the project's sustainable growth.
In the past 7 years, the exhibition of naze naze has been to many places in China such as Xi'an, Nantong, Bishan, Shenzhen. In June, naze naze also had a three-month exhibition at the Northing Space in Bergen, Norway, allowing the "rainbow" woven by the women weavers from the Dulong River Valley to travel across the regional border and the ocean, and cross the barriers of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
From 3 pm to 4 pm on October 8, 2022, we have invited SHEN Yiren and ZHANG Zinong, the overseas representatives of naze naze, to share their latest activities at CHAxART as part of the exhibition programs. In addition to the news of the Dulong project, they will introduce naze naze's future collaborations with weavers from other regions with a longstanding weaving tradition in China, particularly the Dong people in Dali. In 2019, Global Heritage Fund and Beijing's ATLAS studio invited the naze naze team to participate in the Dali Project. The project aims to bring to light the local women's hand-weaving techniques, unleashing the women's and the community's cultural potential and generating sustainable economic opportunities.