The Blue Matador (Thailand)

The Blue Matador (Thailand)

  • From The Chiang Mai Collection.
  • 100% designed and handmade by Sarisa in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Five different handwoven and hand-embroidered vintage hill tribe fabrics in cotton and hemp with multiple brass bell and loop side closure.
  • Sizes: brass bells can be moved to comfortably fit sizes 0-6.
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A forever piece, the Matador skirt is a masterpiece like its sister skirt, the Rose Matador. Sarisa only made two, and each has its own distinct charms. You can get lost in each distinct piece of fabric, each of which compliments the others in a fun yet coherent way. The waist of the skirts sits higher, flattering the smallest part. The skirts are fitted down to below the derriere, at which point they loosen up asymmetrically into the show-stopping pleated fabric. Repurposed from scarves and skirts, all of the vintage Hmong fabric is handwoven and all of the designs you see are hand embroidered.

The Blue Matador has a gorgeous panel of Yao (most of the other fabric is Hmong hill tribe) embroidered fabric at the waist. Sarisa also included a safety pin with small, antique bells for this skirt so that the longest part of the skirt can be pinned up higher or across the front for some extra styling.

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.