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PostPosted: Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:48 am 
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I also thought you might enjoy seeing an interesting cottage industry that we found in a lowland Hmong village southeast of Chiang Rai: recycling tribal textiles into fashion accessories. Anyone who has been to Chiang Mai in recent times has seen the plethora of fashion handbags made from tribal textiles, old and new. Well, this is one of the sources of those bags. Located in a new concrete Thai-style villa, the workshop had piles of tribal textiles in different states- some were cut into small pieces to become accents, or perhaps to be stitched together in 'pieced' yardage (see photo). A large pile of the colorful Hmong aprons that we've discussed before on the forum was obviously destined to become trendy shoulder bags.

Also interesting was a process of over-dyeing that was being done to new, machine embroidered fabric (from China?) with traditional tribal motifs. I guess it's all part of the ebb and flow of fashion and the human need for adornment.


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Hi Susan:

I've seen these bags in NYC for a couple of years - $175 each, when first seen. They have also been published in some magazines (?) newspapers (?).

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Hi Anna- Well, now you know one of the sources. I won't tell you what they go for here... ;-) At least they are not, at this stage of the process, made in sweatshops- the environment was not unpleasant, tho that dye pot area was warm. I don't know the source of their machine embroidery- it might be made there for all I know, as I did see some industrial sewing machines. But only a couple people were about, with no work other than the dyeing going on.

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Hi Susan and Anna,

This all reminds me of the trendy development in India, now how long ago was it? The 80s? In Gujarat, I believe it was, people were "recycling" old textiles by patching bits and pieces together patchwork-like with nice embroidery stitches often using metallic yarn. The first, really beautiful pieces were made from recycled fabrics, but the prices they fetched were so high and the pieces so popular that new textiles started to be used. The first pieces were especially grey in colour -- doesn't sound delectable, but the result was really beautiful -- until they started to look more standardized instead of spontaneous, whimsical and ethnic.

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