ASIAN Geographic is the bi-monthly magazine that scours the region to bring readers the most compelling stories and images from the world's largest and most diverse continent. Readers enjoy a unique melting pot of breathtaking photography and in-depth features covering culture, nature, sustainability issues and exploration into the history of this diverse region. A regular 'Exploration' segment follows brave field editors as they travel deep into Asia's unexplored regions to take readers on a journey.
Weaving Through the Ages • From the practical versatility of cotton to the stylish associations of leather, Asia is well-versed in a variety of textiles that are used in every corner of the globe
Everyday Apparel • Cotton and silk are two common textiles used all over the world, and they are transformed into a variety of garments by numerous Asian cultures
Silk Around the World • Silk was one of the front-runners in early international trade
Dyeing Textiles: Dying Traditions? • In Asia, as early as the middle of last century, natural dye had been broadly replaced by synthetic dye in the textile industry. However, certain groups still have their cultures preserved in their employment of dyes and for them, the heritage, process, aesthetic and the ecological nature of natural dyes is still held close to their hearts
Sewing Singularities • Asia is home to a resplendent assortment of beautifully decorated textiles and ingenious dyeing techniques that never fail to capture the essence of the region’s manifold cultures and heritage
WEAVING WONDERS • Throughout the course of Asia’s history, textiles have been an indispensable part of the region’s ever-changing sociocultural and economic landscapes. Armed with knowledge handed down over generations, dedicated weavers all over the region have created invaluable relics of Asia’s vibrant cultures and histories.
COLOURING CREATIONS • Varying from culture to culture, Asian textiles boast a plethora of patterns and colours, courtesy of thousands of talented weavers over the ages who devised innovative ways to imprint a variety of stunning designs on various fabrics.
Following the Textile Trail of the Philippines • With its rich diversity of cultures spread across thousands of islands, the Philippines boasts a mind-boggling variety of textiles of every imaginable hue, texture and pattern. Join us as we travel the country from north to south to discover the secrets of Filipino woven art
MAPPING PHILIPPINE TEXTILE COMMUNITIES: A VISUAL GUIDE
The Fabric that Time Forgot • Centuries ago, Dhaka muslin was arguably the most valuable fabric in the world. Known for its astonishingly fine nature, it was revered across various cultures and eras before it abruptly faded into obscurity
Secrets of the Lotus • A sacred flower of great cultural and spiritual significance, the humble lotus has been cultivated for numerous purposes – including being used to make a unique textile known as lotus silk
Asia’s Fabled Fashion Designers • Many Asian designers have made indelible marks on the fashion industry
FAST FASHION: Slow and Steady Wins the Race • “Fast fashion” is a buzz term, now commonly used and largely understood, but what does it really mean?
EXPLORE passport • Eight Top Spots to Explore and Activities to Try in and Around Phuket, Thailand
Rolex: A Commitment to a Perpetual Planet