"When I first worked with leather, I truly fell in love with it. It's fascinating!"
"My name is Suchada Chunsawat and I'm from Chiang Mai where I create leather bags.
"When I finished high school, I didn't continue studying. I met a craftsman who makes leather bags and, after showing my interest in contemporary leather goods, he persuaded me to learn. When I first worked with leather, I truly fell in love with it. It's fascinating!
"I learned each step in the process, from getting to know each kind of leather to bleaching, dying, sewing and assembling a completed bag. Eventually, I began designing and found talented craftspeople who collaborate with me.
"Once I was confident that I knew enough and had enough experience, so I decided to sell my designs in a bazaar. There, I met customers from different countries, listened to their comments asked for suggestions for my own creations.
"When I saved up enough, I thought about continuing my studies and enrolled in classes on the weekends so that I could work from Monday to Friday. I craft and sell bags, wallets, briefcases, backpacks, small suitcases, shoes and leather jackets. There are usually lots of leather scraps that I never throw away. I use them to train new artisans, who make coin purses or keychains.
"When my work doesn't satisfy a shopper, I assure him or her that I can modify the design in question. When I can satisfy clients and see their smiles, I feel encouraged. I hope you like my handcrafted leather designs."