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The Support Arts and Crafts International Center of Thailand (Sacict) and “L’Officiel Thailand” magazine recently partnered to organize a Thai textile fashion show on the theme “From Weaving Street to Today Life’s Craft”.

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Held last week at the House on Sathorn, the aim of the show was to reflect the contemporary design identity of Thai textiles and develop a nationwide handicraft database.

The guest of honour was Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn, who was warmly welcomed to the show by Sacict director Ampawan Pichalai and the magazine’s publisher Kusuma Chaiyaporn.

“One of the missions of Sacict is not only to develop a nationwide handicraft database and take it to the next level but to improve handicraft product design to meet rigorous requirements both in terms of quality and standards. We are also determined to keep up with technology and new ideas in order to enable our craftsmen to become more knowledgeable and develop locally initiated products for overseas markets on a continuing basis,” said Ampawan.

“As such, we have selected five communities with outstanding skilled craftsmen, among them the natural indigo dyed fabric producers in Sakhon Nakhon Province and the Baan Rai hand-woven cotton producers of Uthai Thani Province. They have worked with Ajarn Krit Yensudjai, master designer of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation, and developed a precious collection of beautiful and contemporary designs.”        

Kusuma added that the fashion show offered a great opportunity for people to appreciate the value of Thai textiles. “Every single piece of textile is unique and a reflection of the Thai ways of life from all regions in the country. They are characterized by elaborate local designs that are creative and worth supporting,” she said.

Krit Yensudjai, the master designer of the 25-piece collection of Thai textiles at the Mae Fah Luang Foundation, agreed, saying, “The textiles are a combination of creativity and boldness that reflects the will to be different, harmonious, and yet contemporary.”

Among the distinguished guests at the event were Isabelle Garachon, the wife of the French ambassador, Nattavut Trivisvavet, MR Mannarumas Yukol Svasti-Xuto, Apisra Lohasiri, and Pimthong Wachirakom.         

Visit www.sacict.net or Facebook @SACICT

 

Published : June 17, 2017

By : The Nation