"I wanted to be a professor in the university or in high school and repay my obligation to my home."
"My name is Banlue Lueruang. I come from a family of farmers, but my parents changed their professions when I went to school to learn how to be a merchant. They opened up a small shop, which allowed them to feed us and keep us growing. I studied and graduated from primary school and high school near my hometown. My home province is one of the calmest of the north; I love its nature and scenery. But a change in my life had to come about, as I decided to continue my studies at the university in the Industrial Chemistry department of the science faculty. My grades were very good and I didn't even dream about handicrafts at that time. I wanted to be a professor in the university or in high school and repay my obligation to my home. I think that only those who graduate can raise this country to be healthier.
"However, life cannot be predicted and when I graduated I had to join the army for about a year. Afterwards I applied to become a professor, but the faculty couldn't receive any more professors. But I didn't despair too much. I knew I was going to find a job, and I wanted to learn more. The opportunity arrived when my friend invited me to sell cloth and candles at the market. He is very good at this business and I got to understand the market from this job. Unfortunately, my friend got a new office job and decided to work there. This venture had to end, but I already had something else in mind. Time passed and I began studying job training for the unemployed. During a ceramic course, I met the manager of a ceramic workshop. She invited me to her workshop and I agreed to work with her immediately. But later I had to change my mind again, as I didn't want to be a man working on a salary forever. I decided to leave and start my own workshop. It's hard work but I am very proud.
"I came across Novica when I was recommended by the owner of a workshop, and I have been making cushion covers, along with a host of other decorative textile items - wall hangings, table runners and bedspreads, among others - to sell on the website. My works are carefully made in every detail to achieve the best quality. I line the inside of my cushion covers for stability of form and endurance. The sewing is very good too. You will never see the seams, and I choose only the best cloth. The design is adapted from the ancient style to be modern, and can be used in every occasion."
Woven on a traditional backstrap loom, this beautiful shawl combines lilac and aqua. Women from the Waqxaqi' Kan Women's Group demonstrate their millennial textile skills in cotton. This design was inspired by rain in verdant fields.
Thai designer Vinita creates a wonderful effect by pairing two scarves of hand-spun silk. Featuring an open weave, one scarf is dyed in shades of purple, light and dark green, and the other in different shades of blue. The scarves are of different lengths.....read more
Talented weavers from K'amolon K'i K'ojonel create an admirable iridescent effect as they weave this scarf on a traditional backstrap loom. Working with bamboo chenille, they weave this scarf in shades of blue, grey and purple.
Shades of red, orange and maroon color this infinity scarf with timeless elegance. Different teams of artisans within K'amolon K'i K'ojonel are involved in the creation of this bamboo chenille scarf, from those who dye the yarn, to those who spin it,....read more
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