Finally reaching the 10-year milestone, the 2017 Thai Cotton Fair rolled around with fanfare, adopting the slogan of “Traditional Contemporary” for the year. Organised by the SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT), the annual fair aims to promote the use of Thai cotton among upcoming fashion designers in the industry.
This year, a few rising stars of the Thai fashion industry are spotted, among whom ranked Ek Thongprasert. The upcoming designer has fashioned clothes out of SACICT exclusive fabrics – Queen Sirikit Roses, Butterfly Wings, Gold Fish, Queen Craps, are among the patterns printed. “Moonlight” Collection created by the designer also featured articles made from these printed cotton cloths, taking inspiration from the eponymous song composed by the late beloved King Rama IX. Adopting geometric designs, “Moonlight” style is both casual and playful at the same time. Better yet, the 100% Thai cotton fabric makes it to wear daily in the hot and tropical Thailand.
Even though the clothes shown at the fair are still for display only, SACICT hopes that they will inspire other young and aspiring fashion designers, fabric producers and artisan weavers alike, like the “river source” from which inspiration and creativity springs forth. Reconnecting with the cotton cloth-making in the past, reintroducing the traditional into the contemporary, the street wear is uniquely and characteristically Thai.