This project is a collaboration between me and Kamonnart Ongwandee, together we are working under the name “Public Fabrics” — a purpose-driven platform republishing local crafts(wo)manship with design & storytelling to empower the makers and connect their potential with contemporary audience. We submitted a proposal and were given an area for a design showcase at Bangkok Design Week 2018.
Partnering with Folkcharm crafts, a 100% ethical apparel brand working with natural cotton farmers and artisan communities in Loei province, we realised the installation as an amplifier for craftswomens’ voices, telling the ancient process of handspun and handwoven cotton to envision a lifestyle that values time, nature, and making a place for traditional wisdom in contemporary living. The exhibition displays the prototypes, raw materials, process of making, cotton journey and philosophy behind ethical business and craftsmanship. Showcasing along with the ambience sounds and voice recordings of the craftswomen in their ordinary day — consisting of cotton beating, spinning, weaving noise; conversing while having lunch; talking about their views about being craftswomen; singing their own written songs about their life. The overall design matches with Folkcharm’s philosophy and concept - ‘Ethical, Natural, Local’ and ‘Quality, Simplicity’
Exhibition & Spatial Design by Anya Muangkote
Chair Design by Anya Muangkote
Sound Editing by Anya Muangkote
Textile & Garment Design by Kamonnart Ongwandee