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Ladies Fashion

Chiang Mai Cotton

chiang mai cotton

Chiang Mai Cotton shop, ladies! – natural, local, easy to wear clothing.

Traditionally, Chiang Mai is famous for its good cotton, and as cotton along with linen is what doctor prescribed for the extreme Asian heat,  that’s what I intend to wear while walking through the narrow lanes of the Old City.

There is a little gem hidden on Rachadamnoen Road just opposite U Hotel Chiang Mai. Its name is Chiang Mai Cotton. Mainly their products are for women although they have a selection of clothes for men.

This small boutique shop was started by 2 friends and 2 sisters just as a stall on Sunday Market 6 years ago, now it has 2 successful brunches – one is "Chiang Mai Cotton" on Rachadamnoen Road, another is "Peace of Mind" on Nimmanhaemin Road.

Chiang Mai Cotton not only produces high quality products, they also design them, which is a great plus if you like me are prone to walking through endless stalls of identical clothing in the Night Bazaar and despair.

Their products are high quality linen, soft and fine cotton, a blend of cotton and linen, or cotton and wool, which gives it that extra softness. The design is simple, minimalistic and won’t look out of place in any big city in Europe, The States or Canada. I actually noticed that this shop attracts a lot of Japanese and Korean customers as well.

I’ve been a loyal customer myself for quite a few years, and I can personally vouch that their product holds its own, really well against the weather or the constant washing.

One of the owners Koy is almost always there with a smile, perfect English and ready to help.

I love the quaint natural look of the shop – you have rows of clothing on wooden hangers, wooden structure in the middle of the shop with all the accessories -  beautiful hemp bags, and a pile of amazing local jewelry, fine leather belts and scarves. You can almost choose a whole outfit minus footwear here. And you have to check out their cotton dresses with crochet straps on them – it’s an absolute hit every time I come back to Europe. People always ask “where did you get this dress?”

At the moment, Chiang Mai Cotton is designing a new collection with all the natural dyes for the cotton, and I can’t wait!

But if you want to see their products, you have to visit the shops. By the way, they take cards.  Here are the addresses:

Chang Mai Cotton 10:00 – 20:00 (Monday to Saturday) 10:00 – 23:00 (Sunday)

141/6 Ratchadamnoen Rd, T.Prasing

Tel. 66(0)53814413, Mob. 0897575659

Piece of Mind 10:00 – 20:00 (Everyday)

Nimman Promenade, room 17, Nimmanhaemin Road.

They also have a website www.chiangmaicotton.com, and recently did a new photo shoot for their collection, a sneak pick of which I can give to you with their permission.

 

I wish them all the best in their beautiful trade, and exciting new developments, one of which they tell me will be children’s line. I do have a charming niece that just needs to be dressed in Chiang Mai Cotton.

Alli

Chabaa - ladies Bohemian Shop

Chabaa clothing store chiang mai

Chabaa Shop – Bohemian Rhapsody.

Chabaa – the shop situated on 14/32 Nimman Promenade on Nimmanhaemin Road in Chiang Mai is something that you simply can not miss.

It’s Bohemian, eclectic, colourful, almost decadent in its choice of colours. When you open those turquoise doors you feel like you go into the Aladdin’s cave.

But what is The Bohemian fashion?  you would ask. Well, ironically it’s being hippy before Flower Children were even invented, way two centuries before.

“Bohemians” was a derogatory term in 18 century for people who chose to live like gypsies. As in those days it was believed that most of the gypsies invaded Europe through the Bohemian Kingdom (part of Czech Republic now), the term stuck. The nomads in those days chose to dress like gypsies in scraps of mishmash colourful clothing, refused to believe in private property, partook liberally in alcohol and hallucinogenic substances to heighten their life experiences and didn’t follow monogamous relationships... Hmm.. Let me think who they remind me of?.. Yep, hippies!

Later, in 19 century the name changed its meaning to free artists who went beyond conventional in their art – painters, musicians, writers, architects, etc.

Nowadays, it’s quite ironic, that the whole Bohemian look turned into just another trend in fashion. It means long necklaces, flowery maxi gypsy dresses, kaftans and tunics, bangles, head scarves, flowing skirts and harem trousers, and even sandals that wrap around your ankles..

But let’s finish our bit of a history lesson and return back to Chabaa shop..

Yui and Chabaa are two sisters who own this shop, and Chabaa is the one who designs and makes all of the clothes. Their eclectic jewellery comes from India.

Chabaa clothing store chiang mai

As a matter of fact their fantastic embroidery, mysterious scarves, kaftans and sarafans (gypsy maxi dresses)..  They all have a sort of Indian feeling to them.

By the way, did you know that “sarafan” – is a Russian word for a traditional shapeless pinafore dress that women used to wear?

Chabaa clothing store

The shop also has some very nice antique furniture and a lot of vintage dolls (30-40 years old). The story is, as Yui says, is that her family used to collect dolls, now most of them are vintage and some of them turned to be useful in decorating the shop. It looks kind of trippy, but goes well with the Bohemian look..

Chabaa is not only a retail shop, they also supply some of the better Bangkok shops with their products. As Yui proudly said, you can buy a dress for 300-500 baht, which will fall apart or loose its colours after the first washing, or you can purchase their product for 1500 baht and see for yourself the difference in quality.

Chabaa is full of small charming  knick-knacks, and you can see that these two sisters are “on the ball” – they have lovely cards and postcards, personalised bags, and generally a happy and attentive attitude towards customers. They also have a small website www.atChabaa.com

I sincerely wish them all the best, and I certainly will be back to buy something.

The address is:

Chabaa

14/32 Nimman Promenade

Nimmanhaemin Road, Suthep,  Muang, Chiang Mai 50200

Mob. 0810403222

Tel. +6653221824

Lamphang

lamphun-wat phra that hariphunchai-01     
       ited in mid-town, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai was built during the reign of King Arthitayarat, a descendant of Queen Chamthewi some 800 years ago.A principal landmark is the 46-metre tall golden Chedi which contains a hair of the Lord Buddha, having nine-tiered umbrella, made of gold weighing approximately 6,498.75 grams...

Chiang Rai

      on the bank of the Kok River within town area, contains what is believed to be the oldest Holy Relic even before King Mengrai built Chiang Rai. Doi Chom Thong has been a sacred site for aextremely long time. The site was surely reverenced as the home of local spirits before Buddhism arrived in the area.

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