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 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 the textiles.
SEAsTra Handcrafted Art is a wholesale supplier of intricately hand woven thin yarn and thick yarn cotton shawls and scarves produced by the Klum Doi
Tao. Klum Doi Tao is located in the hills of rural northwestern Thailand. The local area is inhabited by both Karen and Tai peoples who traditionally work
side by side in cooperative efforts. Being primarily farmers, the villagers grow their own cotton, and produce and mix their own natural dyes. By developing
their time-honored farming and weaving skills, they naturally constitute a sustainable and eco-friendly enterprise. The Karen and Tai Artisans hand weave
multi-colored cotton fabrics that are both spectacular and fashionable.
Sakchira has created over 100 original artistic designs to be hand painted on silk, silk/cotton blend and chiffon shawls. At his studio in northeastern Thailand,
Sakchira of Baisri Creations, instructs and personally supervises a small number of select local artisans who hand paint the designs on various fabrics. Being
hand painted, the individual designs are repeated rather than duplicated. This results in each shawl being a Unique Work of Art.
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. 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 representatives in Los Angeles, California, 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 Angeles. Additional access categories are: Fair Trade, Jim Thompson, Pashmina, Siam Silk, wedding, bridal, bridesmaids and formal wear.
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