The Global Beauty Bag - A Collaboration with Studio Naenna
This one-of-a-kind travel bag is handwoven by the Karen hilltribes in northern Thailand using sustainable eco-textiles and natural indigo dyes. Due to the intricate process and making of this bag, we can only offer a limited amount.
LINA HANSON x STUDIO NAENNA COLLABORATION
GLOBAL BEAUTY BAG
Authenticity, harmony, empowerment…and the art of slowing down.
In the northern part of Thailand, at the foothills of the Doi Suthep mountain, there is a group of inspiring women who have dedicated themselves to continuing a 2000-year-old tradition.
They call themselves “Weavers for the Environment,” and they encourage and celebrate traditional weaving and dyeing techniques to empower women in their villages.
Patricia Cheesman, the founder of Studio Naenna created a unique system of working that gives the weavers fair-trade returns for their skills as well as the freedom to plan their time to participate in village activities, thus preserving their traditional culture and communities.
The natural dyeing and Ikat weaving is an intricate process that requires advanced skills.
THE NATURAL DYE
THE HAND WEAVING PROCESS
This particular hand weaving technique is called Ikat. Ikat weaving is very intricate, involving several steps dyeing, rebinding and re-dyeing the threads. Once the threads are on the loom, the weft threads are woven in to reveal their beautiful designs. The process of IKAT weaving is passed down through generations of women, honoring the heritage of a 2000-year-old tradition. Inspired by the traditional Karen hilltribes technique of hand-woven materials, these Karen weavers and embroiderers work with the rhythm of nature to create handcrafted textiles of the highest quality.
These bags took over three months to complete from the start of the plant picking, to the dyeing, to the skilled hand weaving.
It's a beautiful reminder to slow down, be patient and trust in the process.
It's such an honor to share the empowering work of Studio Naenna, and with this travel bag I hope we’re bringing a piece of Thailand to you.
"When you buy something made by a person, there is something special there, and you do feel it. The consciousness with which a thing is made is often more important than the thing itself"—J. Donald Walters.