Snow Blossom Inspirations - inspired since early age
Snow Blossom, created by me, Natalie Xiao Bell, is a UK based company providing the exquisite range of silk bedding and bamboo fibre bedding. Snow Blossom has established its high reputation by offering the high quality products, unique and personal touches in designs and superb service to its discerning customers in the UK and around the world.
Silk has been related to my childhood memories. I used to cultivate silk cocoons as a hobby and donated them to the local communities. Silk had been my family's secret luxury possession during the Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976) as silk was even regarded as bourgeois item. Wearing silk was a big taboo by then and could be regarded as very offensive.
As a young girl, I had always loved colourful and quality fabric materials. I made my own very first pillowcase when I was nine years old and had learnt tailoring from friends' parents by using templates. I used to make beautiful blouses and skirts and knitted tasteful patterned jumpers, whilst my peers were wearing plain dark coloured Red Guard suits. I was capped as 'The Girl with Bourgeoisie Thoughts'. However I did not understand what bourgeois meant and would never have imagined that I could be a real bourgeois or capitalist and own a successful silk bedding company in the UK! Albeit a capitalist who cares for her clients and workers in the manufacturers, and is happy to share some authentic Chinese culture!
is pronounced “Mei” in Mandarin Chinese, meaning Snow Blossom. For thousands of years in China “Mei” has been highly appreciated for its quality, purity, sincerity and its finest beauty. I have added a little cultural touch to make our silk bedding truly original and special.
This achievement is for you, my dear customers, for your supports and your trust in Snow Blossom! Thank You!
During the past few years in the business of Snow Blossom, I have always been thinking to note down the work that I did and have wanted to trace why I did it, why I am selling silk, that I realise Silk is my culture. I was educated from very early age that silk is like warp & weft, latitude & longitude, veins & nerves, structure & system, it exists & connects in every Chinese life ever since silk was discovered. This is my first visual book that I would like to share my experiences & perseverance of finding quality suppliers in China and doing the business in the UK. If you could find any connections or inspirations through watching this presentation, I would be very happy, indeed. - Natalie x.