Lao Design - one of a kind fashion, unique formal and every-day wear integrating Laotian and Western design.
Laotian textiles are appreciated worldwide by experts and consumers for their craftsmanship, and even more for their close connection to the lives and destiny of its people. They are not simply pieces of cloth to wear. They are a statement of life, happiness, joy, and sometimes of reflection and mourning.
A national of Laos, I design and create contemporary textiles with firm roots in Laotian traditional styles and weaving traditions. Influenced by the spiritual power of Buddhism and its many symbols enshrined in centuries-old art, the motifs embodied in my textiles reflect humankind's eternal longing for happiness and enlightenment. My work depicts a diverse assortment of pieces to echo the rich history and cultural heritage of Laos, and represents the artistic inspirations and manual skills of an era long gone by. All pieces are made from silk and/or cotton, naturally dyed and hand-woven on the traditional Lao loom.
My products include outstanding fashion objects, like dresses, skirts, jackets and shirts, giving new life to vintage textiles by integrating them into uniquely designed formal and every-day wear. Contemporary art-to-wear combines traditional Asian styles and also Western influences from around the globe and from my current home, New York/New Jersey. At the recent Bellevue Arts Museum Fair 2011, my designs were honored with the prestigious Carol Duke Artist Awards of Excellence.
About the Brand
Today, Lao Design offers one-of-a-kind fashion, unique formal and every-day wear integrating Laotian and Western design. The brand reflects the special history and tradition of producing quality textiles in Laos. Bounkhong continues that tradition by producing contemporary pieces that are hand-woven on traditional looms, reviving century-old Laotian weaving traditions and at the same time giving new life to vintage textiles. Dresses, skirts, jackets and shirts, are wearable pieces of art uniquely designed by Bounkhong.
The company also offers decorative and wearable shawls along with stylish scarves in different sizes, colors and patterns. Home goods such as wall-hangings, bedcovers, quilts, pillows and cushions, are also available in unique patterns/motifs, various colors and patterns, combining traditional Asian and Western styles.
Bounkhong greatly appreciates all the opportunities he has had to participate in prestigious, well-known art shows through out the United States.
Visit the Website: www.laodesignonline.com
Indonesian-born product designer Alvin Tjitrowirjo has built a solid and respectable career over the last couple of years. He has distinguished himself from the rest by remaining truthful to the place from whence he came. His choice of materials and his involvement in the preservation of local heritage reflect his love and respect toward the Indonesian tradition. Beyond that, his breadth of work shows that design is more than mere ornamentation; that it can be an integral, interactive part of people's lives.
Initially graduating from RMIT University in Australia, Alvin Tjitrowirjo has always had a penchant for art and design, stretching back to his primary school years, when he was a budding car enthusiast.
Placing a strong importance on creating a distinct brand of Indonesian design that draws from the country's centuries old love of art and by utilizing local artisans and craftsmen, Alvin has since continued to spread his influence on the local design scene. Alvin is now firmly based in Jakarta, continuously building and expanding his furniture brand alvinT and leading his design firm alvinT Studio.
Visit the Website: www.alvin-t.com
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