World 112

The late Thai King Bhumibol, spread his self-sufficiency ideologies during the late 1970s, post the Economic Depression in Thailand. He encouraged his people to be moderate and self-sufficient with their lifestyle and values to survive such tough times. The excessive greed and discontentment felt across the world due to capitalism and negative impacts brought about by mass production and consumption of garments has led to global textile waste and pollution.

The philosophies of moderation, reasonableness and resourcefulness were then spread to countries who went through the same economical issues as Thailand like Vietnam, Myanmar and Singapore in World 112 – whereby people would be self-sufficient and would create their own garments made from the fabrics of naturality including fabric made from the stalks of rice.

Thailand’s economy is largely dependent on rice, and it is the world’s second largest exporter of rice. Rice is thus a staple in Thailand. Once harvested the stalks are converted into yarn and weaved to create a sustainable and modular garment – when thrown it goes back to the soil acting as fertilizer – a completed circle.

What if …

Thailand’s self-sufficiency economy and philosophies are adopted as a world religion? The origins of these philosophies can be traced back to the ideologies of the late King Of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1997.

Issue targeted:

agriculture and fashion; circularity of design


Thailand and its self sufficient philosophies

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