Sa Timms' Sasas Boutique is a Bangkok based bag brand, showcasing basket bags handwoven from sustainable water hyacinth in the Phayao district of Northern Thailand.
What was once thought of as a weed is now a viable material used in the basket bags you see in this collection, and one that provides a stable and occupation and income for many many village artisans.
Sa returned to Thailand after living in Hong Kong for 10 years. On a visit to see family in Phayao, she saw how members of her family were hand weaving water hyacinth basket bags and she set up a business that enabled her to showcase these creations around the world. Sa says
"Phayao is a province in North Thailand mostly unknown to outsiders so I am very proud and honoured to represent my home province and my family. My dream is to share these products around the world."
Phayao is a picturesque Northern Thai town, located by a shimmering lake (known as Kwan Phayao) about 3 hours from Chiang Mai. Pictured: national park behind the rice fields; the area gets a lot of rain keeping the temperature cool throughout the year.