SEAsTra exclusively markets Unique, Hand Made Women’s Accessories. SEAsTra’s clients include upscale fashion boutiques, multiple location boutiques,
university campus stores, and museum shops.
SEAsTra offers: Hand Woven Silk Shawls and Scarves; Handcrafted Jewelry; Hand Stitched and Hand Woven Cotton Fabric Handbags; Hand Stitched
Cotton Fabric Sandals; Handcrafted, Hand Embroidered Hmong and Lahu Cotton, Specialty Bags; Handcrafted and Adorned Designer Handbags; Hand
Painted Silk/Cotton Shawls; and Hand Woven, Open Weave Cotton Scarves. SEAsTra is a wholesale supplier of handcrafted women’s apparel, accessories,
jewelry and leather trimmed bags, and adheres to the principles of Fair Trade.
SEAsTra Hand Woven Thai Silk Shawls, Wraps and Scarves are produced by a women’s cooperative in Isan, eastern Thailand. The group, which produces
the most spectacular silk fabrics, is consistently recognized and featured in Thai Government sponsored programs that support rural enterprises. The
villagers routinely experiment with dyeing techniques and weaving methods to create unique, original and stylish silk scarves and shawls that can be worn to
all occasions, including casual wear, formal evening wear, weddings, and proms. The villagers conduct the entire process of feeding silk worms the mulberry
leaves, collecting the cocoons, unraveling the silk thread, dyeing the silk, creating the designs, and hand weaving the textiles.
SEAsTra Handcrafted Art, a quality line of SE Asia Trade Co., is a wholesale supplier of unique, Handmade Thai Jewelry produced by Saronrat. Having
earned a university degree in Art, Saronrat progressed from making jewelry for herself to fashioning jewelry for an international clientele. Saronrat’s unique,
original jewelry designs combine silver, gold, leather, pearls, and semi-precious gemstones that appeal to Traditional Thai Styles and Contemporary Western
Tastes. In pursuit of her art, Saronrat migrated from her home in northern Thailand. Currently, Saronrat designs elegant necklaces, bracelets and earrings in
her small studio in the capital city.
The Lahu villagers in the mountains outside Chiang Mai, Thailand craft eco-friendly cotton Handbags,, and also Footwear primarily from hand stitched or
hand woven legacy fabric, the fabric having originally been made for ceremonial or festive costumes. The craftsmen who fashion the handbags travel to the
traditional Lahu mountain villages of northern Thailand, Laos and Vietnam as well as southern China securing beautiful, exquisite, multi-color, floral design
fabric. The craftsmen then fashion a variety of styles and sizes of handbags, some with leather trim, which complement both casual and formal outfits. The
craftsmen also fabricate a variety of styles of Sandals, Clogs and Espadrilles in sizes (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10) which express a classy and unique casual look. The
Lahu craftsmen in cooperation with their Hmong neighbors craft eco-friendly, hand stitched and hand embroidered cotton specialty bags.
SEAsTra Handcrafted Art is a wholesale supplier of intricately hand woven thin yarn and thick yarn cotton shawls and scarves produced by the Klum Doi
Tao. Klum Doi Tao is located in the hills of rural northwestern Thailand. The local area is inhabited by both Karen and Tai peoples who traditionally work
side by side in cooperative efforts. Being primarily farmers, the villagers grow their own cotton, and produce and mix their own natural dyes. By developing
their time-honored farming and weaving skills, they naturally constitute a sustainable and eco-friendly enterprise. The Karen and Tai Artisans hand weave
multi-colored cotton fabrics that are both spectacular and fashionable.
Sakchira has created over 100 original artistic designs to be hand painted on silk, silk/cotton blend, jersey fabric and chiffon shawls. Recently added are
Infinity Scarves and Square Scarves. At his studio in northeastern Thailand, Sakchira of Baisri Creations, instructs and personally supervises a small number
of select local artisans who hand paint the designs on the various fabrics. Being hand painted, the individual designs are repeated rather than duplicated. This
results in each shawl being a Unique Work of Art.
Sakchira, an established Professor of Art, has set up the studio in his home region in northeastern Thailand. He has fashioned original, distinctive, hand
painted and elaborately hand adorned Designer Handbags and Shoulder Bags. Local artisans hand paint and hand adorn the fabric for the bags and craft them
under his direction in contemporary Lanna style. Being individually hand made by several individual artisans, each handbag represents a Unique Work of Art.
Ban Bauk Ped Bags, located in a community just outside of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, utilizes hand embroidered, Hill Tribe legacy fabrics collected
from artisans in local mountain valleys to fashion exquisite hand bags that combine traditional patterns and colors with original and functional designs.
A cooperative group of skilled Artisans in rural Lamphun, in northern Thailand, Boon Unique Textiles, hand weave cotton with a unique, ‘fuzzy’, variation
to fashion truly original and distinctive handbags and scarves.
Theong Pour Sewing, fashions distinctive bags made from hand embroidered Hill Tribe, primarily Hmong, fabrics obtained from the rural villages throughout
northern Thailand. The artisans are all members of one traditional, extended family working cooperatively to celebrate and enhance the original designs of the
recycled, repurposed, legacy fabrics.
In rural Udon Thani Province of northeastern Thailand, local Artisans hand weave silk fabric for their traditional ceremonial and festive clothing. Excess silk is
recycled and repurposed or upcycled to make hand sewn yoyo buds which are fashioned into unique and exquisite scarves. Kampung Silk is also known for
its Batik, hand dyeing, designs on silk fabric.
SEAsTra was founded in 2005 by George Meck, a graduate of the University of Arizona and former director of research in the Singapore office of an
American international market research firm. A certified SCUBA Instructor, George moved to Thailand and was actually on the water during the disastrous
tsunami of 2004; that business opportunity was effectively eliminated. An interest in ethnic arts and crafts led to establishing his firm.
Pursuing that interest, SEAsTra continuously searches for and identifies local Artisans and rural groups throughout Thailand. SEAsTra engages them over
time to further develop their traditional skills and to collaborate with them to expand those skills in order to craft products that will appeal to the
contemporary fashion market. SEAsTra subscribes to a Fair Trade business model; we work only with groups which allow us to visit and observe the
products being made, guaranteeing that proper business practices are adhered to. SEAsTra is a member of Fair Trade Los Angeles and of the Fair Labor
The CEO of SEAsTra lives in Thailand and speaks Thai; this permits us to work directly, on-site with the Artisan groups to promote high quality,
marketable products in both traditional and contemporary designs, and to assist the Artisans in achieving economic security and self-sufficiency. Subscribing
to a Fair Trade business model, SEAsTra ensures that all groups adhere to fair labor practices, guaranteeing safe working conditions and appropriate living
wages for all members, and that child labor is strictly prohibited. All of the products we represent are made through cottage industries using time-honored
methods. SEAsTra considers it a point of pride to have established a collaborative and supportive relationship with the Artisans with whom we work.
SEAsTra, having offices in Los Angeles, California and Athens, Georgia, and Chiang Mai, Thailand, is a Fair Trade wholesale supplier of women’s apparel
and accessories; hand made silk shawls and scarves. SEAsTra regularly exhibits at trade shows in New York City, Atlanta, Georgia, San Francisco, and Los
SEAsTra will exhibit at the following Trade Shows this Winter 2014:
the Atlanta International Gift Market, Global Designs, January 9 through 13, Booth 3-2-1408;
the California Gift Show, Los Angeles, Jan. 31- Feb. 3, World Style, Booths 1000/02; and
the NY Now Market (NYIGF), Handmade Global Design, New York City, February 1 - 5, Booth 506.