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In May and June of 2017, I participated in a study tour of China organized by the Fiber Science and Apparel Design Department of Cornell University and sponsored by the Jiao Family. While in China, I had the opportunity to tour apparel production facilities, visit historical landmarks, and learn about the culture of China. The following are my observations throughout the trip.

June 4, 2017

Am I the only one who gets super nostalgic every time I get on a flight? There’s something about traveling home (especially when traveling alone) that just begs for reflection. As you’ve probably guessed from the title of this post, my time in China is nearing the end!...

June 3, 2017

This morning we visited the Mizuda Group, an international company that focuses on finishing, printing, and dyeing. The company was established in 1993, and it began as a dyeing house. In 1998, they expanded and purchased two additional printing and dyeing mills, as we...

June 2, 2017

This morning, we visited The National Chinese Silk Museum. This museum was established in 1992, and it showcases the history and culture of Chinese silk. China is the home of silk, and the Chinese have been in the practice of weaving silk for thousands of years. 


June 1, 2017

Today was a very busy day full of factory visits!  On our way to the first factory, we drove through the main city of Hangzhou. This is a very up & coming city, and everywhere you look, you can see construction cranes building new skyscrapers. The city itself is full o...

May 31, 2017

On our last day in Suzhou, we began the morning at an embroidery studio. Embroidery is popular across China, but the Suzhou embroidery technique is especially well-known for its fineness. The studio we visited is known for its Suzhou embroidery art, so instead of embro...

May 29, 2017

On our first day of cultural sight seeing, we traveled to the main city of Suzhou to visit a traditional Chinese garden! The garden was built 508 years ago under the Ming Dynasty. This city of Suzhou took 16 years to build, and the man who built it died just two years...

May 29, 2017

Our day began with a visit to the Jiangsu Sunshine Group. This company is a producer of wool fabrics and garments. They control the entire process of wool production, from sourcing fibers and spinning yarns to weaving fabrics and making apparel (they say their mission...

May 27, 2017

After a much needed full nights sleep, we began our first full day in China refreshed and energized! We were treated to a delicious breakfast, and then we met with the CEO of the Chenfeng Group, who walked us through the history, the current operations, and the future...

May 27, 2017

Hello from the other side of the planet!! After months of talking about this trip, I am finally in China! I am so thrilled to spend the next couple of weeks in this unique and exciting country, and I am even more grateful to be able to share the whole experience with a...

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