Thai Design

While the origins of knitting are unclear, we know it has been practiced in many different parts of the world, over many centuries, producing objects of great beauty as well as items fulfilling practical needs. When done by hand, it has used simple tools, such as hand-carved sticks of wood, bone, quill and ivory or metal wires and fine steel knitting needles that were commonplace in the 19th century.

Fashion, much like humans, changes to adapt to whatever the situation it may face. And as expected, the new normal lifestyle, of course, comes with a new look. The masks, gloves and face shields have inevitably become part of our daily, if not mandatory or accessories. But these things which were perceived at first to be style killers have now turned into style enhancers that draw as much. Here’s a time when designer face masks are outselling expensive scarfs like hotcakes.

The indigo plant is actually a leafy green color that grows along the banks of the Songkhram River. In Thai, the plant is known as khram. This river flows through a specific area of the country. All of these small villages thrive off of this indigo dyeing process.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has been very supportive of Thai design, old and new, especially through ongoing exhibitions and workshops at its travel trade fairs and international road shows as well as familiarization trips. Among the best examples was at a Thailand Travel Mart in Chiang Mai where superbly designed and elegantly crafted products and contemporary arts and crafts were a major hit among buyers.

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