An illustration for a silk scarf collection commissioned by FOLKSIGHT, a designer scarf brand. Their main focus is on fashion and lifestyle products that have storytelling elements coming from Vietnamese heritage. This illustration was inspired by the spiritual connection between nature and the Nung - an Ethnic Minority Group in the northern border provinces of Vietnam.
The Nung People believe that swallows are an ancient symbol, rich in spiritual metaphors. The birds have long been seen poetically as eternal symbols of spring, sacred messengers, and bridges between Earth and Heaven. They are likened to special planes that transport all happenings, wishes, and tributes of mortals to their supreme beings, and vice versa.
In this illustration, the Nung people, being carried by the dedicated swallows, are honoring their beliefs with traditional cuisines, which are all portrayed as vegan food.
Spring Tributes - Full Image
Production of silk printing