Khomapastr

Khomapastr
Khomapastr

The name Khomapastr is to cotton, what Jim Thompson is to Thai silk and its elegant timeless products grace palaces, hotels and many private homes.

One of the Kingdom’s first textile printing houses, it was set up in 1948 by his Royal Highness Prince Bovoradej, who developed a keen interest in dyeing and weaving textiles while in exile in Saigon during the 1930s.

Returning to Thailand in the aftermath of World War II, he settled down in Hua Hin, then a sleepy fishing village, building a small dyeing, printing and weaving workshop on the family estate.

Their signature design became the ‘Lai Pa Kio’ or the gold handprint used on garments worn by the Royal Family and dignitaries. Traditionally, the production technique was painstaking requiring artists to hand paint the design on fabric, using natural dyes and gold leaf. But screen-printing sped up the process taking the designs to everything from pillow cases to other home accessories making it an instant hit.

Khomapastr

Over the years, the company added hundreds of new designs, ranging from literary and mythological characters, series like the ‘Rice farmers’, ‘Dek Hua Juk’ and ‘Views of Hua Hin’, other Thai motifs, as well as cartoon and European-style prints. With a wide range of lifestyle products, clothing and accessories, this would be the perfect place to pick up gifts back home or maybe as trimmings for your own house.

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