I finally have enough courage to ask my team of contractors for their photos. They usually are shy and private. Most of the time they would feel uncomfortable of me taking any images while they are sewing and working hard. They allowed me to snap few pics of themselves and their lovely children. Plus I always feel awkward to put my village on display as if I’m helping them or saving them or something. It is another way around. They are creating amazing technically challenging pieces for me all year round. I’m the one who they are saving. I would just like to share with you faces behind IDOM garments. This business method of working from home gives the contractors flexible schedule to be with their family and to be paid as they deserved. After all they are amazing genius.
Meet “Nong Ton Mai”. “Nong” translated as the term of endearing in Thai for someone who is younger, like a little brother. His name Ton Mai translated as a Little Tree. He loves eating pineapple cookies next to his mother sewing machine. I’m convinced that he is going to be an amazing designer one day. He is sweet and brilliant. His latest comment was that “I really hope I get new teeth soon. This toothless thing is getting to be a bit ridiculous.”
“Nong Prang” is a very introspective little girl. She observes everyone around her quietly. She enjoys drawing her cartoons and loves to eat any kind of ice cream especially coconut and sweet red beans flavour. She adores kitties and dogs. Nong Prang would like to become a doctor one day. Her father is a talented contractor and pattern maker.
“Nong Som” the meaning behind her name is orange as a fruit. She just learned how to ride her bike and how to make her first skirt. Little orange usually hangs out with her grandmother after school. Her grandmother’s family has been dressmakers for generations. Nong Som’s grandmother, Yai Da is one of the best contractors that I’m working with. She is patience with me and my crazy designs. Most often one IDOM collection dress will support a family of four people for at least 3 weeks. I’m so lucky to be working with fantastic group of people.
Wishing you a sweet Tuesday.