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News Article: Designer Natalie Chanin distills the process of making clothes back to its artisan roots

Decades ago, chef Alice Waters opened Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, Calif., kick-starting a national trend toward eating, sourcing and celebrating fresh, sustainable, locally grown organic foods.

In a small northern Alabama town, up towards the Tennessee border, Natalie Chanin has been trying to do much the same thing for fashion: distill the process of making clothes back to its artisan roots.
Chanin is the designer behind Alabama Chanin, a brand that oddly manages to be both anachronistic and of the moment. Her carefully embroidered dresses, appliquéed skirts, embellished tank tops and shawls are cherished by fashion insiders for their homespun elegance and painstaking construction.
Each of Chanin’s garments are handmade the old-fashioned way, with needle, thread, thimble and long hours spent stitching. No machines are used... {read on}

 

By Susan Langenhennig, The Times-Picayune

 

 

 

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