1. Tell us more about your business.
It all started about five years ago when I (Thamarat) heard about Eri silk research. Back then, I had never heard of Eri silk, but what caught my attention was how I learned that Eri silk caterpillars eat cassava leaves and I know my father-in-law owns a cassava plantation. My wife, on the other hand, was exposed to weaving from a very young age, as she observed and assisted her grandmother with the weaving of traditional clothes.
So, over the next few months, we sold our bakery business and headed to my father-in-law’s plantation with some Eri silk eggs we received from Kasetsart University. We weren’t certain where it would take us and it took a while to figure things out, but here we are today selling looms, naturally dyed Eri silk woven products and weaving supplies.
2. Have you seen a rising interest for your crafts in recent years? How do you incorporate Thai influences into your products?
It started out slow as we tried to raise awareness about Eri silk products, but things picked up when we made and displayed both our looms and products at exhibitions with Makerspace. (Editor’s Note: Situated in Chiang Mai, Makerspace Thailand provides local artists with modern tools, from laser cutters to 3D printers, for their entrepreneurial creations.)
As a business, we select partners who are able to use their knowledge and specialities to fuse traditional fabric and patterns with modern designs. We’ve always believed that tradition and style can go together, when thoughtfully done.