DESIGN STORY In traditional artwork, dragons are depicted chasing an emblazoned orb with eyes in awe. The sphere is a symbol for wisdom, while our Token represents cultural identity. Our design incorporates dragons from two Vietnamese eras—the Lê dynasty (left) and the Nguyễn dynasty (right). Both beasts grasp a royal scroll inscribed with the proverb, “Cái khó ló cái khôn” which is equivalent to “adversity is the mother of wisdom.”
The Insignia design is intended to unlock knowledge. From refugees, what has experience taught them about struggle, freedom, or compassion? And from descendants, what truths can we share about cultural expectations, identity, or independence? This shirt is meant to start these conversations.
As a lotus flower blooms from muddy waters, may our wisdom emerge from adversity.
PRODUCT DETAILS Crew neck Short sleeves Gold on black 60% combed ringspun cotton/40% polyester jersey
SIZE & FIT Model's height: 5'8" Model is wearing: Medium
OUR PROCESS Every order is screen printed by hand, and your actual shirt may not be exactly as shown in the photo. This design is printed with water based ink because we want shirts to have a soft hand feel.
Last but not least, we would be honored to know your stories—please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.