Founders' Story - 06/26/17

Behind the Fabrics with Sarin Tgamol

Written by Yun Quek

In a vivacious city like Bangkok, it’s almost impossible to run out of things to do. With an ever growing workshop culture – you are most likely to find a place to satisfy your hunger to learn new things.

Sarin, affectionately known as Luk nu (translates to little mouse), returned to the Land of Smiles after studying in Sweden for a semester. Back home, the textile designer was able to explore the natural elements of textile industry with a soul purpose of starting her eponymous label.

As well as launching her label, Sarin hosts textile and crafts classes where attendees can make anything from felt fabric flower to pin on your dress to soft yarn rugs for the front door. Her classes and crafts have grown popularity leading to a collaboration with Jim Thompson. Pieces of silks and off-cuts of fabrics turned into an art installation of birds for the prestige Thai Silk brand.

What sparked your interest in textile design?

I was trained for Architecture, it was an interest that slowly fizzled out. primarily because of the amount of time I’d spend on the computer. I wanted to work organically and not too dependent on technology.

I eventually found myself taking up a tie-dye course and falling in love with the many shades of fabric. And with my heart full, I flew to Sweden for a screenprinting course – the rest is history.

Educate us on textile printing and designing.

Thais are generally not very familiar with this design form, especially since the idea of printing fabric isn’t that straightforward.

In textile design, you firstly decide on the usage – are you creating for clothing or products? With each use or purpose comes with unique materials and weight too. I work in two parts – I create art on materials afterwards I’ll check if there’s demand for them to be created into products for sale.

You hold regular workshops – what type of students do you usually see?

Most of the people who come to see me doesn’t know much about art at all. They may not have had technical training in art, sewing or drawing but see my classes as a new skill or challenge to take on. Sure, perhaps having technical training is useful but with handicraft and creativity, anyone can create.

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