"As a local Thai woman, I'm very proud of the fact that I can have the career that I love, and to be able to provide for myself and my family."
"My mother has long specialized in batik and I often helped her. However, demand for batik work decreased and I worked with a friend making saa paper goods, for about two years. During this time, my brother resigned from his job to design cotton clothes. He has always loved arts and handicrafts, just like me. We grew up in an area renowned for traditional handicrafts, so we had the opportunity to learn many techniques and art forms, but we just never really had the time to do much about it.
"It turns out that my brother's clothes collections are doing pretty well. His designs are nice, and he received quite a few awards within a few years. He has exhibited his collections throughout Thailand as well as in the United States.
"In 2004 I started to work with my brother in the areas of design and production. We help each other when selecting quality materials and nice colors, and we transform them into trendy designs. By the time I developed the skills to do things on my own, my brother began to explore other areas, so he left me in charge. He is still around, ready to offer support and advice when I need it.
"Our cotton designs focus on using natural materials for a modern lifestyle. We use the method of coiling thread to decorate a lot of the work. We are glad that people like our ready-to-wear cotton collections. It also brings plenty of work to everyone involved, including people from different villages who help us transform cotton into different styles of clothing and decorative items.
"Myself, my brother and my team, we always work with natural materials, traditional techniques and wisdoms to create original designs and patterns suitable for modern ways of life, in Thailand and the rest of the world. I hope that more people will like our work and appreciate our efforts in working with environmentally-friendly materials, as well as constantly developing more new styles.
"I'm proud of the fact that there is a story behind every design we make, and that each item represents a collection of highly-skilled group of people.
"As a local Thai woman, I'm very proud of the fact that I can have the career that I love, and to be able to provide for myself and my family. This career has also generated work and income for many people who get involved in this project.
"Thanks Novica for giving us the chance to present our designs to the world. I do hope that people around the world will like our designs."
All products from Jariya Kakaew
Cotton skirt, 'Leisure'
Cotton dress, 'Thai Tribal in Red'
Cotton tunic, 'Exotic Red Butterfly'
Cotton blouse, 'Ivory Melody'
Cotton wrap around skirt, 'Hill Tribe Chic'
Cotton blouse, 'Finesse'
Cotton dress, 'Thai Tribal in Tan'
Cotton blouse, 'Cool Dawn'
Cotton dress, 'Thai Tribal in White'
Cotton blouse, 'White Jasmine'
Cotton scarf, 'Paradise on Earth'
Cotton shawl, 'Dance'
Cotton blouse, 'Dance'
Cotton wraparound skirt, 'Midnight Vineyard'
Cotton blouse, 'Lanna Nymph'
Cotton blouse, 'Surreal Thai'
Cotton capri pants, 'Brown Desert'
Cotton blouse, 'Cool Day'
Cotton blouse, 'Earth Dance'
Cotton blouse, 'Relax in Black'
Cotton blouse, 'Cool Dawn'
Cotton blouse, 'Night Dance'
Cotton blouse, 'Grace'
Cotton blouse, 'Cosmopolitan Earth'
Cotton blouse, 'Hypnotic Beige'
Cotton blouse, 'Layers in Black'
Cotton blouse, 'Chocolate Chic'
Cotton blouse, 'Ruffled Black Charm'
Cotton blouse, 'Pink Sugar Chic'
Cotton blouse, 'Lanna Pride'
Cotton blouse, 'Smart Chic'
Cotton skirt, 'Tribal Thai'
Cotton skirt, 'Thai Sands'