All of the fabrics that we use for our products are handmade in Thailand. This means they are woven by hand in villages where weaving is still practiced.
Once weaving as a craft for the production of clothes was prevalent in the whole of Thailand. These days most Thai people buy their clothes in retail chains and on the markets and they are mostly made in India and China from polyester yarns. There's just a few areas left where the tradition is kept alive, mostly by older women who weave on their front porch, in between farming and taking care of their families.
Thai cotton buds growing on a farm in a community
The cotton used is grown locally or otherwise nearby the village. Before cotton can be used for weaving, it must first be spun. Spinning twists the fibers around each other, entangling them and thus making a thread and holding the fibers together. Spinning offers choices of making thin or thick yarn and tight or loose yarn.
When it comes to spinning cotton there are two choices: hand spinning or machine spinning. Hand spinning produces a uneven yarn that adds to the uniqueness and the feel of the fabric. Hand spinning is a craft that takes time to learn and is also much slower than machine spinning. These days there are fewer and fewer craftspeople skilled in the craft of hand spinning.
machine spun cotton is equal in thickness
hand loom typically used in Thailand
By varying the color of the warp or weft striped designs can be made, while varying both the warp and the weft checkers can be made. Another way of making patterns is varying the way the weft threads are going over and under the warp threads, skipping threads will make visible small patterns without using colors.
Hand woven cotton is thick and luxurious and unique in its texture and feel. The appreciation of the products are sometimes held back by out-dated designs and lack of marketing. We see it as our mission to promote the natural production of fabrics in Thailand and support communities and crafts.