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‘Last life I must have bon an Indian’, a craft book that reflects India at its best

When we got our hands on ‘Last Life I must have born an Indian’ by Pattrica Lipatapanlop, a writer we know, the first thought that came into our mind is that “such an interactive book it is!” And the interactive quality doesn’t come from flashy technological features, but from every offline element that has constituted into this book. From cover choices (fabric and Tyvek covers) to Gandhi postcards and crafted bookmarks. Flipping through the book you might be interrupted by train ticket copies hidden in some pages. Every detail invite us to touch and experience it in the simplest way.

Chiang Mai boasts its local heritage with Chiang Mai Design Awards 2018

Chiang Mai Design Awards (CDA) is an activity initiated to support creative talents and to promote investment in design and strategic tools. Held to support the government’s Creative Economy policy, Chiang Mai Design Awards was first introduced in December 2011 as Nimmanhaemin Art and Design Promenade (NAP), organized by Creative Chiang Mai (CCM) with partners including TCDC Chiang Mai, Science and Technology Park Chiang Mai University and the Faculty of Architecture, Chiang Mai University.

Thai Silk Couture Highlights the Beauty of Thai Silk in Chiang Mai Design Week

When it comes to silk, Thai silk has been known to be one of the world’s finest, and this notion was highlighted again in Chiang Mai Design Week 2018 which featured a special fashion show entitled Thai Silk Couture.

Chiang Mai rises as a design hub with Chiang Mai Design Week

For several years, it has been a pilgrimage up north for designers and design enthusiasts, since Chiang Mai Design Week has been held annually at the end of the year.

Out of Comfort Zone: textile alchemy by Ausara Surface

We can say that right now, Ausara Surface is one of the rising stars in the global interior decoration milieu. Founded four years ago by textile designer Jarupat Achawasamit and Choson Tatawakorn, former CFO of Alexander Lamont, this Thai industrial craft brand has grown significantly throughout the years. From a dream to combine experimental craft with industrial weaving techniques, Ausara Surface has thrived as a leading provider of ‘innovative materials’ with highlighted products like metal fibers and an image of a luxury craft brand.

Likay Bindery turns papers into thought objects

Since day one ten years ago, this little book-binding studio in Sukhumvit 35 can be considered one of the first ‘designer-maker’ people in Thailand. Some might have heard their name ‘Likay Bindery’. Today, what used to be a book-binding studio has turned into paper craft studio with a collection of more diverse and sophisticated works.

Black Day by Ekkarat Punyatara, photo book as a work of art

Photographers take pictures. When a photographer publish a book, it must be expected to be a photo book. But that is not the case for Ekkarat Punyatara. His book ‘Black Day’ is not a photo book, but a work of art.

DYE Dee, a Thai organic denim brand with local wisdom

Since the first pair of denim jeans born in the 19th Century in America, the denim fabric has come a long way and has evolved significantly, especially in the modern times. Once regarded as an industrial product, denim has become more crafted and customized. Some premium denim pair of jeans from Japan, or even Thailand, can cost almost 10,000 Baht.

Sakarin’s local silk: From the root of culture to catwalk

Ikat silk weaving was Surin province’s identity. This silk fabric was a famous product of the province’s Yang Krajab community, Promthep sub-district, Ta Toom district.

Carry forward the southern legacy, YanLiPhao products, by thinking out of the box

To attract new generations of customers, manufacturers needed to create new ideas and products. In other words, carry forward the ancestors’ local wisdom required adaptation to match new generation.

Suwan Kongkhunthian: Yothaka 4.0 When there’s no ready-made formula for how handcrafts must apply to the world

If Thai brands like Jim Thompson are considered a turning point for Thai brands and for adding value to weaved products after the second World War, a turning point during Chatchai Choonhavan’s government, where a battlefield was turned into a field of commerce, then there can only be Yothaka, an export furniture brand made from water hyacinths that was founded in that era.

ANUROJ New Batik designs

Anuroj Tantiyapong is a name that is well known and usually associated with his artistic creations of batik fabrics. His eponymous brand, ANUROJ HANDPAINT, is also well recognized as a brand that produces batik art on natural fabrics. Not only that, but ANUROJ HANDPAINT has also changed of the face of batik from its original roots as Southern craft into a fashionable and globally-accepted product through the use of contemporary art and a knowledge of art history that have been applied to batik.

Maison Takuya’s handcrafted leather products: The code behind Maison Takuya’s premium leather

“Maison Takuya” (pronounced May-Song Ta-Ku-Ya) was named by its French founder, Francois Russo. Maison Takuya was the only one Thai leather brand which was ranked among world luxury leather brands like Hermès and others. Its sales volume was comparable with the big names like Tom Ford, Dunhill, Bulgari etc. It also won the Best Leather Item In Japan price which was awarded yearly to the luxury brands by Japanese TV show. In that same year, Rolex received the Best Watch Item price.