In a world obsessed with fast, cheap fashion and race-to-the-bottom industry practices, there are threads of hope. One such strand is the community of weavers, dyers, and silk and cotton farmers of Laos.
Focusing on the Eastern Weft weaving house in Vientiane, and its inspirational leader, Master Weaver Khaisy Sophabmixay, this documentary details a powerful counter-narrative to the sweatshop culture associated with South-East Asia. For over a decade, Khaisy and her female-led cooperative have worked with leading designers in France and Japan, producing exquisite textiles without the use of synthetic dyes, human exploitation, or even electricity.
'The Future is Fabric' gives voice to Lao artisans and demonstrates that their technologies are not about simply keep the past alive; they hold the key to developing sustainable textile industries that could change the future - for good.