The Violet Skirt (Thailand)

The Violet Skirt (Thailand)

  • From The Chiang Mai Collection.
  • 100% designed and handmade by Sarisa in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  • Vintage, handwoven Hmong hemp with hand-embroidery in silk and cotton. Pleated bottom is rayon and velvet with silk and cotton embroidery.
  • Floor length.
  • Size: brass bell buttons can easily be moved to fit a wide range of size, possibly 0-12.
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The most reserved of the Sarisa skirts in the collection, this skirt is exceedingly handsome. Like the others, the waist sits at the smallest part. It is fitted yet comfortable down to around the calves. The upper portion of the skirt is a very antique piece of tan hemp fabric (Sarisa says maybe around 40-50 years) in impeccable condition with what appear to be new (or at least never worn) violet embroidered white panels. The pleated portion of the skirt is a matching violet rayon with a green, silk-and-cotton embroidered panel.

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.