coraux mei focuses on preserving indigenous symbols by combining tribal textiles with an urban approach.
Developed by May San – a British designer and maker based in London with quite a big liking for travel, textiles, mountains and anthropology.
The coraux mei seed was planted in 2007 when May began using tribes as a compass to direct her route to travel. She later returned to visit the north-Vietnamese hill tribes spending several months exploring the variety and their textiles. All tribes were fascinating and she grew particularly interested in the Flower Hmong group. Along with the colourful patterns of intricate weaving and embroidery, May was intrigued by the wisdom, communication and symbolic meaning in the textiles, how certain geometries, patterns and shapes signify stories of their past, present and future.
After stumbling upon worn and unused Flower Hmong aprons, May was eager to create new products to suit an urban user whilst ensuring that the historic depth and meaning of the textile through its embroidered patterns continued to be appreciated. Inspired by observing the continuous change in nature, she combines these collected fabrics with leather, transforming and regenerating the design and function of the original textile. Thus, the Hunted-Gathered-Made range was created so that the new user can 'carry wisdom/a tale' . May collects ready-made pieces too.
coraux mei's aims are to continue to explore and work with indigenous tribes to share & to make an audience aware of their presence and traditions. Focusing on appreciation and preservation of their culture and beauty.
Thank you for existing, indigenous tribes!
Incase you're wondering where the name "coraux mei" comes from, it's a translation of May San's name!
San = Coral in Chinese | Coraux = Coral - Plural of sea coral in French| Mei = May in Chinese
Pronounced: Coral May!