Pisces Rising Dress (Thailand)

Pisces Rising Dress (Thailand)

  • From The Chiang Mai Collection.
  • 100% designed and handmade by Sarisa in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Handwoven vintage hemp (Hmong), indigo dyed using the batik method. Vintage hand-embroidered panels run the front and back of the dress down the center. Bottom flare consists of new, individually-sewn threads.
  • One size (S-L, depending on preference of fit). 
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A forever piece, Pisces Rising is a cool blue, and seriously hot. A beautiful conversation piece, to be sure. The antique handwoven hemp fabric is soft with age, and has a beautiful batik print. Batik is what is known as a “resist” process by which designs on fabrics are, as in this case, hand stamped with wax designs and then placed in a dye bath so that only the areas without wax are dyed. An older fabric like this would have been dyed with natural indigo.  The colorful pink/orange/yellow/green panels are hand embroidered, also antique. The matching, multi-color flare on the bottom is Sarisa’s extra special touch, each thread of which Sarisa’s assistant, Danny, individually sewed on.

More about the designer, Sarisa:

Sarisa is a 33-year clothing designer and vintage textile collecting veteran. If her work at all catches your eye, as I imagine it will, I urge you to read more about her in some of the Chiang Mai stories I wrote for the site, which tells more about her extraordinary spirit and path, from young farm girl to successful clothing designer.

Sarisa creates from the heart, and her love shines through each piece. A woman also after my own heart, she only creates one-of-a-kind pieces. Each garment is regal and sensuous, and can make all kinds of women look and feel beautiful in it. Made from strong, vintage fabrics (typically hemp), these garments have already stood the test of time and are, consequently, as low fuss and practical as they are beautiful. Most of her vintage fabric was made by Hmong women, who are revered for their woven clothing, often richly decorated with embroidery, applique, cutwork, knot work, pom-poms, batik and silver.