The Luminary Dress (Thailand)

The Luminary Dress (Thailand)

  • From The Chiang Mai Collection.
  • 100% designed and handmade by Sarisa in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Handwoven vintage hemp (Hmong) with hand embroidery. Bottom flare consists of new, individually-sewn threads.
  • One size. Model (aka Jess) is 5’7”, size 2-4 in dresses. 
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Never to be made or found again, the Luminary Dress is the ultimate artistic statement piece. This fabric is near impossible to find. Sarisa has only ever found one similar piece, which she turned into a gorgeous jacket for herself (no, she won’t part with it…ever). The soft, antique hemp is at least 30 years old (possibly many more), and is in near-perfect condition. The multi-color flare on the bottom is Sarisa’s extra special touch, each thread of which Sarisa’s assistant, Danny, individually sewed on. I watched Danny work on this for days, since I picked it out before it was even done. I love this dress. A lot. Looks gorgeous on. It’s up there with the black hemp suit I designed as one of my two favorite pieces in the collection. I can imagine wearing this to a summer wedding or another noteworthy summer event. Fun, high Thai fashion.

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.