Inspired by Tengri’s ethical business model, which preserves cultural heritage and enables communities to thrive is ripe for replicating, she researched into global minorities and probed deeply into Nanai society , exploring local resources (From fabric to button, every single detail was made of 100% pure natural material.), traditional craft techniques and the cultural heritage of a new community that could benefit from a similar sustainable luxury fashion enterprise. She tried her best to add value within the production chain, also to control costings. Create a collection with global currency to be focused at luxury level for 2020 exploring the branding and marketing opportunities.
NANAI is a tungusic people of Far East who traditionally lived along Heilongjiang(Amur),Songhuajiang(Sunggari) and Ussuri rivers on the Middle Amur Basin. The earlist record can be tracked back to an italian map published in 1682, regonised as'Tartari di Yupy'.'Yupy' means fishskin in Chinese. The distinct practice (including the food , cloth and economy based on fishing)earned Nanai the name 'Fishskin tartars'. There are only 12,160 Nanai people in Russia and other 5,354 in China(2010). Their traditional clothes are made out of fishskin(which is one of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of China). However, the young Nanai people prefer to earn their life in modern cities instead of heritaging this treasurable skill.
In Siqi’s collection, her clothes are made of fishskin from both China and Finland, combined with organic cotton ,using the traditional Nanai technique. During the design process, she tried her best to keep the original texture and shape of the fish skin, transferring the pure natural materials into a series of wearable fashion items as much as possible.