Friday, October 28, 2011

First Featured Seller - Siamese Dream Design

We have our first featured seller interview with Barbara and Amy, of Siamese Dream Design.

Siamese Dream

Can you tell us a little about who you are?
We are an expat mother and daughter team, originally from the USA.  We have always had a passion for the eclectic and never really embraced mainstream consumerism. For many years it was just the two of us and we reveled in our ability to create and recreate everything under the sun. Not even knowing we were "recycling and repurposing". Anything we had or found was fair game for a new project. Embossed drapes found in Grandma's basement became a fantastic mermaid skirt, a unique lamp from a garage sale would get a complete make over, sheets became new window swags and coordinating cushion covers. As we began to travel and were exposed to an array of ethnic textiles, a new obsession was born.  

Can you tell us about your products?
We find an item, a piece of textile art seeped in ethnic traditions.  The wheels begin to turn, " a handbag like this..... no a little jacket with.... a skirt, boots, shoes," and we're off. Ethnic textiles repurposed into modern fashion and home decor items.

How to you incorporate recycled material into your products?
An old beautifully embroidered Hmong skirt becomes boots, if its only partially usable it still does not go to waste. Pieces are cut and become part of a patchwork duvet cover or pillows. A tribal baby carrier becomes the basis of a handbag.  A woven Naga shawl reappears as a unique pair of loafers.

What does the future have in store for Siamese Dream Design?
We love working with the different ethnic groups, helping the women keep their culture alive by turning their age old traditions into modern products and marketing them to a global audience, thereby providing them with financial stability. As we grow, it is our goal that our work will reach a large enough audience that we will be able to further diversify the ethnic groups we work with.

Shop Siamese Dream Design > here

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