Exploring Thai Textiles at Studio Naenna
Exploring Thai Textiles
at Studio Naenna
With a passion to revive the Lao-Tai textile and dyeing industry, Chiang Mai’s Studio Naenna
was born. Founded by one of the leading worldwide experts, guests are guided through
its history and cherished techniques to turn fabric into stunning products.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Gaining inspiration from the colours and fabrics from the traditional textiles of the region, Studio Naenna’s founder, Patricia Cheesman, had all the ingredients she needed to lay the foundation for her view, vision and artistic streak to revive the silk and fabric industry by using natural dyes. Founded on the principles of fair trading, Patricia and her daughter are the driving force keeping this highly-respected and adored-by-many Thai tradition alive.
Over the years, Patricia has become one of the leading experts in weaving, dying and design with numerous books, lecturers and studies behind her name. The opening of her studio, she and her team of artisans welcome guests from around the world with giving them an introduction of this authentic craft that has been the source for designers in and outside Thailand.
09:00 - 12:00
Guests are picked up from their centrally-located hotel in Chiang Mai, depending on the preferred time of the visit. The duration of this tour is between 2-3 hours and can be scheduled between the opening and closing time of the studio (09:00 hrs – 17:00 hrs, closed during the weekends and Thai public holidays). The short transfer brings you to the studio nearby Doi Suthep where you are welcomed by the team behind Studio Naenna. During the course of these 2-3 hours, the team will explain in details the techniques used in handwoven textiles and all processes of natural dyes to create wonderful silk and cotton fabric, mainly focussed on Lao-Tai patterns and design (Xam Nuea and Muang Phuan textiles). As you move through the studio, witnessing weaving demonstrations and introductions to the various types of fabric available, the historical aspect on motifs, design and how the founders tirelessly worked to revitalize this almost dying breed of handicraft.
The collection of fabric has expanded rapidly over the years since Patricia and Lamorna Cheesman have ventured into taking sustainable steps in creating awareness of the heritage that this art form has delivered to the public. The studio has two galleries with exquisite examples on display as well showing Patricia’s private antique collection. Interested customers are able to ask questions, enjoy seeing the textiles and admire the beauty of Lao-Tai heritage throughout the years and portrait in the family’s vision of stunning garments. After thanking the hostesses for their explanation and time taken to transfer some of their passion to you, we transfer you back to your Chiang Mai hotel.