Tie-dye, the name directly explains the making procedure that there are the processes of tying cloth and dye the cloth with color to create various patterns with many shades of color from lightness to darkness.
It is well known that the patterns of tie-dye create the sense of relaxation, especially the tie-dyed cotton fabric. As the special property of cotton fabric which keeps warm when the weather is cold and keeps cold when the weather is hot, the cotton cloth is favorite to be made as a casual style clothes to wear in a relaxing day, or created as tablecloths, cushion covers, and various beautiful designs for house decoration which attract shoppers.
With the fascinating charm of tie-dye, World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT), has seen the opportunity to create a supplemental income job to the parents of children under the Area Development Programme at Ao Luek district, Krabi province. Most of the parents have done inshore fisheries and be general employees having an uncertain income and plenty of debt.
WVFT has organized the group of tie-dyeing and trained basic knowledge of tie-dyeing to the group members and also taken them to study tie-dyeing from the experts. Word Vision Foundation of Thailand and Mangrove Development Station 25 (AoLuk) have coordinated training of using leaf and bark from local mangrove to extract dyeing color.
Because crafts are a skillful job that need a lot of practices and experiences, the initial setting of a group with 10 members has made tie-dye products in a very small amount. The Ao Luek Development Programme, therefore, has provided a study trip again to increase knowledge of color extraction, tying fabric and dyeing.
Currently, it has been more than 3 years that the group members have dedicated themselves whole-heartedly to tie-dyeing until their skills have developed and they now can produce the beautiful tie-dye products which help enhancing the reputation of community. Then the tie-dye of the group has been registered to be OTOP products and have been sold to general people. Furthermore, tie-dye products of the group have also supplied to the Department of Community Enterprise Development, WVFT, and have sold under the brand “Na Chum Chon “ which means “ At Community”.
Remark: OTOP stands for ‘One Tambon (meaning sub-district) One Product’. It is a local entrepreneurship stimulus program which aims to support the unique locally made and marketed products of each Thai Tambon all over Thailand.
Today the extra income from making tie-dye has become a monthly income, Sukanya Promtansud, Chief of the group said with a smile “Out of debt! My family has enough money for expenses and also has a savings for my children education.”
In addition to the craft skills that help increasing income, the tie-dyeing group has also been trained about the group management in order to maintain continuity and strength.