1. Seeker x Retriever
Ex-fashion journalist turned creative director Nan Tohch says that the death of her mother resulted in her label’s birth. A visit to her ancestral home in Thailand reacquainted her with local textiles and led her to work with Nammorn Design, a community of weavers in Lampang.
Today, Seeker x Retriever specialises in slow fashion, or “quiet clothing” – gender fluid pieces made of handwoven cotton and natural dyes that mix-and-match for the perfect capsule wardrobe. The label’s reversible Kyoto top can be worn two ways, while the lightweight Kobo jacket celebrates both form and functionality.
2. Eric Raisina
Born in Madagascar, Raisina trained in Paris before moving to Siem Reap. In 2005, he opened his first Villa Boutique Workshop, focusing on both traditional and modern Cambodian silks.
While silk still remains at the heart of his designs, he has also created a unique lace made from raffia, which he uses in everything from textured shirts to evening dresses.
Kolkata-based duo Ekta Jaipuria and Ruchira Kandhar champion traditional textiles woven in small villages. Known for its ethnic kurta sets and saris, their label’s nature-inspired Spring/Summer 2018 collection features flowing silhouettes in lightweight, hand-loomed cotton and intricately embroidered jackets in matka khadi.
Created by local entrepreneur Su Wai Yee in 2015, Cici takes style cues from high street brands, pairing contemporary tops with ready-to-wear longyis (wraparound fabrics) fashioned from traditional textiles. Its second limited-edition collection draws inspiration from the “glamorous ’90s”, featuring three-quarter length longyis in acheik fabrics and woven cotton-silk tops.
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This article was originally published in the November 2017 issue of Silkwinds magazine.