“Taktai” has the meaning in Thai as “greeting”, which has become a part of Thai culture as people are friendly and care for each other, they always greet each other and ask about their well-being. “Wai” is also a way of greeting in Thailand that symbolizes respect to other person. However, our brand has its own version of “Taktai”, it is not only about human and human, but also human and the environment. It implies how human should be environmental friendly and care for it, they should utilize the resource most effectively without polluting the environment. Using organic products might be another alternative to reduce the environmental problem. We would like to invite you to experience and get to know “Taktai” in order to learn how friendly it is to the planet earth we live on.
Before becoming “Taktai”
The beginning of “Taktai” derived from the consciousness of the environmental problem and the purpose of maintaining natural resources. We saw an opportunity that Thailand had various natural resources, including the leftovers from agriculture such as pineapple leaves, banana trees, hemp fiber and galangal. These resources could be transformed into the natural fibers for the textile industry. This vision leaded us to conducting researches to develop these natural fibers to become more durable, flexible, and suitable for wearing in everyday life. Not only comfortable, it is also functional in the way of absorbing water, air cooling, and being anti-bacterial, which became the values added to the product itself.
Green Textile Innovation
Merely qualified fiber might not be enough for the premium textile without elaborately weaving. Thais use loom for weaving since the past until today, as we can see from the distinctive patterns of weaving in different local areas. Then, they use those textiles for tailoring and decorating. After bringing in technologies in order to meet the increasing demand of new generations who became more aware about environmental issue, we had also keep in mind the real value of craftsmanship. We harmonize the simplicity of local wisdom with the innovation of technology in order to conserve the true beauty of Thai without damaging the nature.
Today, the eco fibers still have lots of limitation regarding the production. However, we are committed to increase the usage of eco fibers in rural areas in order to decrease the cotton imported from other countries. It was not easy for us, as we had been through obstacles and hard times until we have today. However, we won’t stop striving for the better alternatives for consumers. We believe that if we’re being friendly to the environment, they will be friendly to us, and we could live together on this planet peacefully.
The Uniqueness of Taktai
Taktai is the simplicity and uniqueness of weaving the textile using eco fibers such as bamboo fiber, hemp fiber, banana fiber, lemongrass fiber and galangal fiber. Besides, the colors are also purely natural, so it could be guaranteed that our products are organics. We pay attention to every single process to be certain that it is purified, since planting for the organic materials, segregating fibers, spinning yarns, until weaving to become the textiles. We are proud to claim that our products are all eco-friendly and contribute to solving climate change.
Inspiration Becomes Creation
The inspiration of Taktai derived from the weaving carp toy. Thailand has always been fruitful of natural resources. Looking back to Thai history, people were bonded to the rivers as they lived beside them. Those rivers were convenient for them in terms of commuting and harvesting, so it could be claimed that they could not live without water. To look closer, their lives were reflected in their culture, customs, and traditions. For example, the weaving carp is the ancient crafted toys, which depicts the local wisdom of our ancestors in utilizing natural resources to imitate the animal. They believed that carp was the symbol of richness, activeness and liveliness. They often hung the weaving carp above babies’ hammock to nurture and calm the babies from crying, also it was the way of wishing those babies to become good and diligent children. The materials they used for weaving carp were natural such as balan leaves, coconut leaves and sugar palm leaves.
Taktai and the Weaving Carp
The weaving carp was fading in the memories of people in modern days, but it was brought to life again as the inspiration of using leftover materials from natural resources for weaving the textiles. As the carp waving above the babies’ hammock, the eco fibers are weaving the patterns on textiles. We are proud to bring our local wisdom to the global stage, and we want to emphasize that, while innovation brings Thai wisdom to the next level, we never forget the root of its heritage.