We are delighted to launch our Special Edition Ko-Lanta linen gilets …. We are the only UK company to use these materials and we have a run of only 25 gilets …!!!
In collaboration with with Asaya Kongsiri of Khom Textile in Hua Hin, Thailand we have designed the new Ko-Lanta linen gilet with block print cotton linings…..
Ju and Asaya were friends in London 20 years ago and bumped into each other again whilst dropping their children off at the same Prep School in Wiltshire ……. small World!!!
Catching up on 20 years of news they were thrilled to find out that they were both involved in textiles/fashion and decided to put their heads together and join forces on a new project ….
Khom Textile was founded in 1948 by Asaya’s Grandfather, the 7th son of King Rama IV, his Royal Highness Prince Bovoradej and her Serene Highness Pajongchitr Kridakorn. The original ambition was to start a business that would preserve classical Thai design and with the Prince’s great interest in screen printing by hand Khomapastr became Thailand’s first hand-printed cotton brand.
In the 1940’s Hua Hin was the most desired seaside resort for Thais travelling from Bangkok and foreign visitors and boasted the grandest hotel east of the Suez Canal, which was the Railroad Hotel located on Hua Hin’s gorgeous white sandy beach. Many members of the royal family and social elites built their seaside summer homes along the beach and the Prince and his family owned land in this sunny village …. This was the place where he decided to start his hand-printing cotton workshop…. These seaside home-owners learned about his cottons by word of mouth and many became loyal customers
The Prince conducted extensive research into traditional Thai designs and developed the process to silk screen-print these designs onto cotton fabrics. As part of these endeavours, the National Museum of Thailand granted him unprecedented access to its archive of traditional Thai designs one of which we are using as our lining in our Ko-Lanta blue linen gilet !
More news on this in our Summer Blog ….