Silk dress with kimono sleeves
Imports of fabric were limited by a system that required a licence and this restricted the options for designers who were in search of something original. Here Colin Cole has used a hand dyed fabric by Amy Brown of Auckland. The base cloth probably came from Wah Lee on Hobson St who imported a variety of bleached and unbleached silks from China. These were popular with artisans like Amy Brown and Susan Holmes who were using dying and printing to create original fabrics.