Gold: Carrera y Carrera’s Imperial Silk and Sandy Leong’s Daisy Chains



Silk TiesCarrera y Carrera’s new Seda Imperial (Imperial Silk) collection recalls a centuries-old Chinese legend about a silk shawl dubbed the Manila shawl and its ancient creation.According to lore, Chinese princess Liu-Tsu is forced to marry against her will. As an act of revenge, she stitches the closely guarded secret of Imperial Silk embroidery on the shawl and tosses it in the ocean. Years later, the fabric is found by a Spanish sea captain who mysteriously vanishes in a storm. When the ship returns to Seville, sans passengers, the shawl is given to a local embroiderer (the captain’s lover), who carries the secret forward in her own handiwork.Carrera y Carrera’s rendition of the story plays out in gold flowers, fringe, and colored gemstones designed to mimic the vibrant hues of traditional silk embroidery. Motifs include flowers (emperatriz), herons (garzas), and orchids (orq
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