|Ban Napho Weaving Group produces the most spectacular
silk products. They are consistently recognized and featured in
the government sponsored programs that support local
enterprises. Ban Napho routinely experiments with dying
techniques and weaving methods to create original and stylish
silk table runners, covers and other silk products.
|Baan Fai Kham Textile Design
|Baan Fai Kham Textile Design uses traditional weaving
methods and exceptional materials to create fabrics with
unique textures and appearance. Different natural materials
including cotton, silk, silver thread, and hemp are used to
create outstanding fabrics. Baan Fai Kham Textile Design has
won several awards for their unique and complex handwoven
|Chaiyaphum Cotton uses all natural dyes and materials to
create traditional cotton products that fit into any modern
indoor and outdoor decor. This area produces all of their own
materials and is known for growing green and brown colored
cotton which are used directly in their products.
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 the textiles.
SEAsTra Handcrafted Art is a wholesale supplier of intricately hand woven, loose weave, 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.
Sakchira, an established Professor of Art, has set up a studio, Baisri Shop, in his home region in northeastern Thailand., where he works with a small
number of artisans. Sakchira has fashioned original, distinctive, hand painted and elaborately hand adorned Designer Handbags. Local artisans hand
paint and hand adorn the fabric for the bags and craft them under his direction in contemporary Lanna style. Being individually hand made by several
individual artisans, each handbag represents 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. Additional indicators are: Fair Trade, Jim Thompson, Pashmina, Siam Silk, wedding, bridal,
bridesmaids and formal wear.