"As time went by, I fell in love with sewing dolls. I started thinking that I should get serious about it. I began studying how to draw patterns and select fabric… I also design bags that can be used in daily life."
"I'm Jurairat Yardfung, but everyone calls me by my nickname, Jang. First of all, I would like to say thank you for taking the time to read my story. Previously, I never imagined that it would be published and that I could share my work for people from all over the world to admire. I hope to get a good response.
"I was born in 1978 to a warm family. I am the eldest of two children and my childhood was very happy. I was enrolled in a private school for girls, one of the oldest in Chiang Mai. Our uniforms were outstanding with a rich red skirt, and this made the school looked bright and lively.
"At that time, my dream career was to be a drawing artist. I didn't have any idea how this occupation could earn money. As with all Thai students, when I finished 9th grade, it was time to select the subject I loved. I felt reluctant because I wasn't sure what subject I should focus on, even though my friends went to Lanna Rajamangala Institute to study art.
"After 10th grade, I applied to that same school. I passed the examination and majored in architecture. I didn't even consider how easy or difficult it is, but I made the decision because I love drawing.
"For my bachelor's degree, I attended a university in Bangkok. After graduating, I moved back to Chiang Mai, whereas my friends chose to work in Bangkok because they can earn a higher salary and there were variety of jobs there. I chose Chiang Mai because it's my home town. I wanted to live with my family and wanted to spend my life in this charming town.
"I started working in a small company. After that, I took a job on the side as an interior designer. I loved this more than designing structures.
"As a hobby, I love needlework. I usually spent time shopping for nice patterned fabric for making dolls I made to give my friends on special occasions. I was very happy when I crafted dolls in the shape of different animals. I work carefully and pay attention to every stage, from selecting the fabric and thread color to choosing the small beads that my dolls more interesting. My gifts brought a smile to everyone who received one.
"As time went by, I fell in love with sewing dolls. I started thinking that I should get serious about it. I began studying how to draw patterns and select fabrics in order to create dolls of better quality. This took me two years of trial and error.
"In addition to dolls, I also design bags that can be used in daily life. I choose the fabric myself and craft a sample to make sure if everything is okay. Then I rely on other craftspeople who assist me with the sewing. I'm grateful that they always help me and I hope that we will all grow together.
"Currently, I am still doing some interior design work. My boyfriend, whom I've known since our schooldays, helps me and that makes me happy. So I have time to work on what I love more.
"I hope that all of you will like my designs and support our work. Thank you!"
Myriad flowers blossom with exceptional beauty in a handcrafted shoulder bag by Sasithon Saisuk. They are engraved on coconut shell panels creating a marvelous mesh over a cotton pouch with an inner pocket. This bag closes with a zipper under the flap....read more
A sweet elephant proffers a lotus flower in the design of this original sling bag. The composition is done on batik over a khaki cotton sling bag. From Alaya Cholprasertsuk, the bag is lined in soft beige and features a zipper pocket. The bag closes....read more
Compact and beautiful, this petite handbag is crafted by hand. Sasithon Saisuk transforms coconut shells into flowers and links them with mango wood beads. Lined in brown cotton, the purse closes with a zipper.
This original tote handbag is crafted by hand. Sasithon Saisuk transforms coconut shell into flowers and links them with nylon cords. Lined in brown cotton, the purse features clusters of mango wood beads and a convenient inner pocket.
COLLECTIONS FEATURING Coconut Shell Handbags
Coconut Shell Handbags
Tote a piece of Thai culture with you everywhere you go when you shop NOVICA’s coconut shell handbags collection. The rich browns of the coconut shell makes these handbags appropriate for all seasons and with any outfit. Choose your style from shoulder bags, to coconut shell slings, flaps, totes, and everything in between. Make room in your closet for an exotic coconut shell accessory or give to a special woman in your life for a cultural gift she will never forget. Each piece from this collection includes the artisan’s story that made the beautiful bag of your choice, and your purchase will directly impact his or her life, which makes wearing it or giving it to someone else that much more meaningful.
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