Tae Thongsri

“Even though I love teaching, I realized that after doing it for 20 years I was not going anywhere. I guess this would probably have happened working for anyone else and I was more than ready to resign in 2012 and start doing what I really wanted for myself. I don’t know how well it will work out but I don’t really mind because I know I will feel fulfilled doing what I love best.

Tae Thongsri © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Tae Thongsri © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“My full name is Sukanya Thongsri but people call me Tae. I was born in Phitsanuloke Province on September 26, 1968. My parents are farmers but during their free time they always did extra work that brought income to the family, whether it was tailoring or selling food at temple fairs.

Linen and cotton blouse, 'Heaven Palace' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Linen and cotton blouse, ‘Heaven Palace’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“When I was growing up I would watch my mother and my grandparents making clothes. My mother only did it when there was no work in the fields but it was my grandparents’ profession even though they too had to work in the fields to feed all seven children in the family.

“My grandfather was a good tailor and he had a small shop in the village, which was deep in the country—most of the customers were villagers. He taught all his skills to my mother, who took to it naturally, perhaps because she was the first of the children and had had to drop out of education after primary school.

Cotton tunic, 'Divine Daisy' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Cotton tunic, ‘Divine Daisy’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“My grandfather also taught me. The sewing machine he used since around 1950 was passed on to my mother when he died and now it belongs to me. Even though I have a new one, I still like to use it as it gives me a warm feeling of strength and support.

“I liked to watch what my grandfather and my mother were doing when they made clothes and l liked to touch everything. I started out by making clothes for my doll but then I began to make clothes for myself and have been doing so ever since.

Linen and cotton blouse, 'Lisu Peach' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Linen and cotton blouse, ‘Lisu Peach’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“I married in 2011. We don’t have any children yet but I look forward to becoming a mother and having the opportunity to pass my skills on. Just having a child around would be wonderful so it wouldn’t really matter if he or she liked sewing or not.

“After graduating in 1991, I came to Chiang Mai and began teaching English at a technical college. During my free time I made clothes and also began to make jewelry as a hobby. My friends seemed to like what I did so they would ask me to create new designs and make them. One of my friends who worked for an export company suggested I do it as a business and she helped me market the things I made.

Linen and cotton tunic, 'Tribal Navy' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Linen and cotton tunic, ‘Tribal Navy’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“I resigned from my teaching job in 2012 and started to make clothes and jewelry full time. Though I can do all the stages of production—whether designing, cutting patterns, sewing and finishing—by myself, once I started to have sales I had to hire people to help me. I am lucky to live in Chiang Mai where many skilled people live.

“I am also lucky to know the Ezistock team, who have shown me the real meaning of support in helping me create pieces that I hope make women look beautiful and feel confident by looking different.

Cotton top, 'Tribal Princess' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Cotton top, ‘Tribal Princess’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

“Thank you for browsing my work through www.ezistock.com. I will be very happy if you like it.”

Linen and cotton blouse, 'Strawberry Passion' © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

Linen and cotton blouse, ‘Strawberry Passion’ © Ezistock Co., Ltd.

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