We went to a number of Lanna weaving villages. Each one had it’s own traditions of colors & textures - its own stories.
We were so inspired by the beauty of weaving and its culture in Thailand, in everything from the loom to Lanna textiles themselves, but we did not want to do a disservice to these people by generalizing them all into "Thai weavers".
We needed a way to celebrate the beauty of each village.
We created Sai, an infinitely-expandable collection of flatpack furniture that is made of digitally produced frames sent to villages across northern Thailand to each be woven with a unique and beautiful story.
By shifting just a portion of their production to weaving sai® furniture, artisans can increase income from $1.50 to up to $35/day.
to prove the validity of the system beyond the initial product offering, we created sawang® as an extension to the product line. Sawang® creates Thai-inspired light projections on walls and is woven by artisan partners across Chiang Mai with local, natural cotton threads and dyes.
sawang® is easy to install, requiring just one screw to hang. It plugs into standard wall outlets.
© MATHEW SIMON 2016