I’m a little late but here’s the second installment of “Faith and Fashion Files” – Thailand!
Unlike the Philippines, it was challenging wring on a country’s fashion industry that I didn’t have a personal experience with. However it was interesting to research on the different designers and major retail brands who have made a name for themselves and went beyond their homeland borders by reaching out into the international sphere. Plus, Asian fashion is just so much (more) fun!
a- Stretsis, a name I’ve seen on all articles when I Googled “top fashion designers of Thailand.” Pim Sukhahuta, the woman behind the brand who took inspiration from her sisters, graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2002 and have expanded the line ever since then. Their “About” section on stretsis.com gives the perfect description on what they stand for and who the Stretsis girl really is:
Sretsis’ collections read like an adventurous autobiography as they take inspirations from those around them and what captures their flight of fantasy at a certain period of time, turning them into design manifestations on fabrics. Sretsis also offers a modern twist on classic elements and clichés through proportional adjustments and carefully crafted materials, but never with direct reinterpretations. Besides trademark whimsical prints, Sretsis proudly boasts progressive textile development, always steering towards constant avant-garde experimentations. Techniques such as embroidery and appliqué are given facelifts and mischievous wits, achieving fresh yet elegant perspectives.
b- Disaya by Disaya Sorakraikitikul is a ready-to-wear line that gives the perfect balance of youthfulness and sophistication. Pastel two-piece suits adorned with bows, blazers with quirky prints, blouses with eyelet lace and ruffled trimmings, and dresses burgeoning with flounces are just some details that you’ll find on a collection. How cute!
c- What I admire most about Mollika Ruangkritya of Kloset is her humble beginnings- she has had no formal training in fashion and doesn’t come from a wealthy family or from retail royalty. For over the past decade, she has expanded her line from Thailand to Australia, Japan, England, Spain, the U.S., and many more. Her collections give another youthful, feminine vibe with a touch of class. I especially love her spring/summer 2015 line “Holiday Heartbreaker” with structured lines and flowy silhouettes.
d- Star, just one out of many local fashion magazines from Thailand. They also carry U.S. publications such as Elle Thailand, Vogue Thailand, and Seventeen Thailand.
e- Of course you’re bound to find a fashion blogger documenting their wardrobe style, shoe closet, travel posts, city photography, runway inspiration, food tastings, etc. Here’s Thai blogger Ploy Chavaporn Laohapongchana (that name tho!) of P.O. Box.
f- One of the many national costumes for women, the Thai Chakkrabhat. It’s more conservative and considered more official than the other costumes such as the Thai Ruean Ton, Thai Chit Lada, or Thai Amarin. It’s upper, thicker shawl has full embroidery with pleats and can be worn for royal or national ceremonies. Can I get one of those amazing headpieces, too?
g- The suea bhraratcha-than, the national costume for men which slightly reminds me of that of the Filipino’s barong tagalog, except for the fabric which makes the costume a true barong. The suea bhraratcha-than is worn with trousers and a suit jacket. It can also come in a short-sleeved, long-sleeved, or a long-sleeved with a sash variation plus a few other standards:
- A Mandarin collar of 3.5 to 4 centimetres high slightly tapered at the sides and hemmed at the edges of the collar
- 5 round flat buttons decorate the placket and sleeves
- 4 to 5 centimeters-wide cuffs of the same material as the shirt, and the sash, when used, should be knotted at the left side with long-sleeved styles
h (or apparently g squared)- Bangkok Fashion Week which I’ve heard so many great things about. Seriously, it’s always Fashion Week somewhere.
Whew! Researching on Buddhism felt like doing homework for GNED 101 at Liberty University again in which I literally pulled out my old Contemporary Issues GNED 101 course book. Here’s an excerpt from it that I found interesting:
Jesus, on the other hand did not point to his teachings as “the way” but rather to Himself as the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). His disciples/apostles followed suit when they pronounced “neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
This cannot be overemphasized. While Jesus was humble and considered one wise who built his life on His teachings (Matthew 7:24-27), He unequivocally conveyed that getting his identity right was critical to our eternal well-being…So while Gautama taught high moral principles, and claimed to point the way, leaving us some great quotes and illustrations, Jesus Christ was far more than a great moral teacher and claimed to be the way.” -Dr. Will Honeycutt
Please continue to pray with me for Thailand and the rest of these countries on this missions trip as we act upon The Great Commission!
“The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed.”
– Hudson Taylor