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People who nurture and spin

Cultivation of cotton. Nature that old life is rooted, people living in rural areas. We would like to tell the children of the future "the process of making yarn of hand-spun cotton", "importance to inherit traditional culture" and "importance of nature".

People who grow cloth material, dyeing them with plants, and weave

The raw materials we use for dyeing are local plants. In the weaving village, people would wake up before sunrise,build a fire, boil the dye to dye the yarn, then let the yarn to dry to fix the color.

Woven-fabrics are the handicrafts that have been inherited through people's lives of rural villages in Thailand for a long time.

For the old ladies in the village, it was customary to weave the cloth wholeheartedly as one of their daughter’s wedding gifts in between their other agricultural practices. I learned weaving from those ladies.

They spin cotton raised without pesticide by hand to make yarns, weave them with machine to produce fabric. Our natural fabrics are made through such daunting and overwhelming process. They would gather soft warm air and gently wrap your body.

Miyuki Shimada

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Miyuki Shimada

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1974
Born in Kumamoto.
1994
Attended Musashino Art University Department of Scenography, Space and Fashion Design.
1996
Painted -ski and snowboard rental shop, ”Birdland” in Niigata Echigo Uzawa.
1998
Graduated from Musashino Art University Department of Scenography, Space and Fashion Design.
1998
Joined company "New Age Trading" (hemp specialty shop / restaurant / wholesale).
1998
managed the shop renewal of "New Age Trading".
1998-
2000
managed the restaurant renewal of "New Age Trading".
2000
managed the restaurant renewal of the accessory shop, "Casa de Plata".
2001
Moved to Chiang Mai. started making products such as bedding, lamp shade, interior accessories using natural materials. Held exhibitions and sales events at 20 locations every year throughout Japan. (2001 - 2003)
2003
Learned weaving in Northeastern part of Thailand (Isan region).
2004
Through activities with women in rural districts as part of planeta ORGANICA project, she has managed to find her original way to develop quality of the products. She has involved in the commercialization of products and the guidance for the quality improvement at Chiang Mai University, "Fai Gan mai", Royal Project, SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers), Baan Sai Art and Craft Training Center of the Support Foundation of Queen Sirikit, Thailand.
2011
Opened “planeta ORGANICA”, Bangkok, Sukhumvit store.
2012
engaged in product development for hemp project at Thai Royal Project for 4 years.