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At Sawang Boran it is World Environment Day 365 days a year: always organic, always fair trade, always eco-friendly. This year’s special creation is a patchwork blanket that recycles our leftover organic silk fabric, uses only ethically made cotton from India, costs nothing to the environment, and pays a fair trade wage for the long hours spent by the artisans … Read the rest
‘I Love Thailand’ Channel 9 TV show, a 40 minute programme devoted to foreigners who do something unusual in Thailand, was broadcast on 29 April 2012. The focus was on our organic silk and silk-making processes, in the context of our organic self-sufficiency farm. Do watch the show to get a feel of the setting of Sawang Boran, out in … Read the rest
Isan men are highly appreciative of their womenfolk’s beautiful weaving (and even more so if their ladies belong to the ‘elite’ organic silk-making of Sawang Boran!), but they have their own, ephemeral and unusual, way of cultivating beauty… Isan men share in the pan-Asian passion (from Afghanistan to India to China) for kite-flying – for the beauty and the sport … Read the rest
While this website is devoted to the pursuit of beauty in local women’s organic silk, in fairness we should also talk a bit about men’s ways of creating beauty!
As in many peasant societies, men here have or take much more idle time than their womenfolk. As elsewhere in the global South, they have abandoned most traditional pursuits faster than … Read the rest
Sawang Boran was honored with an invitation to exhibit organic naturally-dyed silks at The International Crafts Exhibition 2011 of the World Crafts Council, and the Asia ECO Crafts Exhibition, in October 2011. The Daegu Museum of Natural Dyes, South Korea, organised the two exhibitions devoted to crafts, chiefly of Asia, with a particular focus on naturally-dyed art textiles. It is … Read the rest
I decided it was time for Sawang Boran to bravely go and show its organic fair trade silks at the London Ethical Fashion Source Expo, a pioneering show that welcomes small artisanal groups such as ours. I met some very interesting people who do real things the old slow way, for instance wool and natural dyes, in various parts of … Read the rest
Hoping to find support for artisanal organic silk-making, Sawang Boran became a member of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements in early 2011, and attended its first General Assembly to be held in Asia, namely in South Korea, at Namyangju Organic Museum, 3-5 October.
We used the opportunity to follow up on possible organic guarantee mechanisms, and to defend … Read the rest
Sawang Boran will be present at the Ethical Fashion Source Expo in London on 17-18 October, 2011. This show is one of the major events in the new world of ‘ethical/organic/fair trade fashion’, and this year’s event will be their third edition.
all the information can be found at
http://www.ethicalfashionforum.com/source-expo-2011… Read the rest
The Sawang Boran weavers’ collective art creation for Earth Day – organic, fair trade, eco-friendly. For those wishing to join in this weaving playfulness, it is proposed to auction this piece via our blog.
size 60 x 26 cm
materials: recycled silk yarn and fabric from Sawang Boran members’ little treasures. Main dyes: lac, indigo, jackfruit, ebony fruit, butterfly pea. … Read the rest