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March 22nd, 2011

Lecture: TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles: Adding Value to already Valuable Textiles

Lecture: TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles: Adding Value to already Valuable Textiles0

The Thai Textile Society is Pleased to Present A Lecture By Alleson Kase &

 Ellen Agger

Place:            Siam Society

                         Lecture Room

                         4th Floor

Date:             Tuesday, 22 March

Time:            10 a.m.

Donation:   Member 100 Baht,

                         Non-member 200 Baht

Contact:       Khun Wipawee Tiyawes - Email-


TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles:

 Adding value to already Valuable Textiles


What began in 2002 as a quick visit to a weaving co-op mentioned in a guidebook has grown to link women in rural Thailand and Laos with women on the other side of the world. When Alleson Kase and Ellen Agger eventually launched TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles in 2007, their goals were to bring much needed income to farming families, to help preserve their artistic traditions, to support their efforts at environmental sustainability and to help them open new markets.

TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles helps rural weaving groups market their beautiful, hand woven, eco-friendly textiles in North America and Europe. Each artisanal creation reflects generations of skills passed from mothers to daughters. This legacy connects these makers to women everywhere who have inherited fibre skills from their foremothers.

From the start, TAMMACHAT’s practices include buying directly from producer groups, and supporting the use of natural fibres and natural dyes. TAMMACHAT has ongoing commitments to groups in Khon Kaen, Roi-Et, Surin, SiSaket, Ubon and Chiang Mai, as well as Vientiane and Xieng Khuang, Laos.

Alleson and Ellen refer to TAMMACHAT as a “social enterprise” because their business is grounded in ethical practices that are good for people and the environment. They are part of a global movement to promote the triple P bottom line, i.e., people and planet before profit. They believe that the way people spend money shapes the world, which is why they want consumers to have greater access to products that are sustainably produced and fairly traded, including clothing, accessories and home decor.

Telling the stories behind these eco-friendly textiles is central to TAMMACHAT’s work. To this end, they have developed three websites, created three photo books and written articles for many magazines. They continue to host slideshow talks as part of their fair trade textile events.

TAMMACHAT is honored to be part of the Thai Textile Society and, through a slideshow talk, will introduce the weavers with whom they work, and host a discussion on fair trade and social enterprises.


The Thai Textile Society wishes to thank the Siam Society for their support with this lecture