Our aim is simple - to design great textiles with creative intent that are rooted in the modern age and honor the human touch.
Modern society in its progress towards technology and mass production is moving forward at breakneck speed, leaving the precious and sacred by the wayside. The spirit and pride of craftsmanship and the beauty of imperfections that add human character to objects are being lost. Through our work we aim to do our part in keeping these things relevant (and offer them as an antidote) to today's busy world.
Objects made by hand with careful attention to detail and creative intent exude all the light and darkness of a complex human character. These objects speak to people on a deeper individual level in a way that uniformly manufactured utilitarian items cannot.
We want people to re-engage with this feeling and use it to ground themselves by re-kindling an appreciation for a particular rustic human sense.
To achieve our designs we use a unique blend of contemporary and traditional dyeing and printing techniques.
Natural dyes play an integral part in our work because their inherently nuanced characteristics synergize perfectly with our aesthetic.
However, our approach is to be inspired by natural processes - not dictated or constrained by them.
In the shade of our Chiang Mai studio hundred-year-old Japanese stencils, root and bark extracts, rusted wire and baskets of leaves harvested from our garden all find themselves next to glass beakers, measuring instruments, silk screens and laser-cut acrylic.
Bookshelves with 18th century dyehouse manuals share the space with university research papers.
We employ the help of several local women who we are proud to call our fellow textile artisans.
Unlike many other Asian textile producers we never pay our staff by the piece, appreciating that rushing our work is impossible. Instead we choose to employ our staff on a full-time basis, enroll them in health and welfare schemes and provide them with a clean, comfortable, safe, well ventilated and well lit environment.
Our products are not as cheap as other Asian textile producers because we work with customers who recognize that quality and dignified working conditions come at a price.
Ann and Serge co-founded Slowstitch Studio in 2015 after studying under the same indigo dyeing craftsman in rural Japan. Their shared fascination for the handmade approach to textiles quickly developed into a passion to share their work with others.