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Artisan, Hand Embroidered, Hill Tribe Fabric Handbags
SEAsTra exclusively markets Unique, Hand Made Women’s Accessories. SEAsTra’s clients include upscale fashion boutiques, multiple location
boutiques, and museum shops.
SEAsTra offers: Hand Woven Silk Shawls and Scarves; Handcrafted Jewelry; Hand Stitched and Hand Woven Cotton Fabric Handbags; Hand Stitched
Cotton Fabric Sandals; Handcrafted, Hand Embroidered Hmong and Lahu Cotton, Specialty Bags; Handcrafted and Adorned Designer Handbags; Hand
Painted Silk/Cotton Shawls; and Hand Woven, Open Weave Cotton Scarves. SEAsTra, a supplier of wholesale women’s apparel, accessories, jewelry and
leather trimmed bags, adheres to the principles of Fair Trade.
SEAsTra Hand Woven Thai Silk Shawls, Wraps and Scarves are produced by the Ban Napho Weaving Group, a women’s cooperative in Isan, eastern
Thailand. The group, which produces the most spectacular silk fabrics, is consistently recognized and featured in Thai Government sponsored programs
that support rural enterprises. The villagers routinely experiment with dyeing techniques and weaving methods to create unique, original and stylish silk
scarves and shawls that can be worn to all occasions, including casual wear, formal evening wear, weddings, and proms. The villagers conduct the entire
process of feeding silk worms the mulberry leaves, collecting the cocoons, unraveling the silk thread, dyeing the silk, creating the designs, and hand weaving
SEAsTra Handcrafted Art, a quality line of SE Asia Trade Co., is a wholesale supplier of unique, Handmade Thai Jewelry produced by Saronrat. Having
earned a university degree in Art, Saronrat progressed from making jewelry for herself to fashioning jewelry for an international clientele. Saronrat’s
unique, original jewelry designs combine silver, gold, leather, pearls, and semi-precious gemstones that appeal to Traditional Thai Styles and Contemporary
Western Tastes. In pursuit of her art, Saronrat migrated from her home in northern Thailand. Currently, Saronrat designs elegant necklaces, bracelets and
earrings in her small studio in the capital city.
The Lahu villagers in the mountains outside Chiang Mai, Thailand craft eco-friendly cotton Handbags,, and also Footwear primarily from hand stitched or
hand woven legacy fabric, the fabric having originally been made for ceremonial or festive costumes. The craftsmen who fashion the handbags travel to the
traditional Lahu mountain villages of northern Thailand, Laos and Vietnam as well as southern China securing beautiful, exquisite fabric. The craftsmen
then fashion a variety of styles and sizes of handbags, some with leather trim, which complement both casual and formal outfits. The craftsmen also
fabricate a variety of styles of Sandals, Clogs and Espadrilles in sizes (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) which express a classy and unique casual look. The Lahu craftsmen
in cooperation with their Hmong neighbors craft eco-friendly, hand stitched and embroidered cotton specialty bags.
SEAsTra was founded in 2005 by George Meck, a graduate of the University of Arizona and former director of research in the Singapore office of an
American international market research firm. A certified SCUBA Instructor, George moved to Thailand and was actually on the water during the disastrous
tsunami of 2004; that business opportunity was effectively eliminated. An interest in ethnic arts and crafts led to establishing his firm.
Pursuing that interest, SEAsTra continuously searches for and identifies local Artisans and rural groups throughout Thailand. SEAsTra engages them over
time to further develop their traditional skills and to collaborate with them to expand those skills in order to craft products that appeal to the contemporary
fashion market. SEAsTra subscribes to a Fair Trade business model; we work only with groups which allow us to visit and observe the products being
made, guaranteeing that proper business practices are adhered to.
The CEO of SEAsTra lives in Thailand and speaks Thai; this permits us to work directly, on-site with the Artisan groups to promote high quality,
marketable products in both traditional and contemporary designs, and to assist the Artisans in achieving economic security and self-sufficiency.
Subscribing to a Fair Trade business model, SEAsTra ensures that all groups adhere to fair labor practices, guaranteeing safe working conditions and
appropriate living wages for all members, and that child labor is strictly prohibited. All of the products we represent are made through cottage industries
using time-honored methods. SEAsTra considers it a point of pride to have established a collaborative and supportive relationship with the Artisans with
whom we work.
SEAsTra, having offices in Los Angeles, California and Athens, Georgia, and Chiang Mai, Thailand, is a Fair Trade wholesale supplier of women’s apparel
and accessories; hand made silk shawls and scarves. SEAsTra regularly exhibits at trade shows in New York City, Atlanta, Georgia, San Francisco, and Los