Australian-Thai label Seeker x Retriever is dedicated to consciously crafted clothing. All garments are “limited editions” — crafted in small batches, almost exclusively with 100-percent handwoven cotton and natural dyes derived from seasonal fruits and plants.

Taking inspiration from craft culture all over the world, Seeker x Retriever creates clothing essentials that blend classic artistry with a contemporary outlook. Each season the label explores new colours, patterns and materials from a growing network of artisans and craft organisations.

Seeker x Retriever Collection #7: Kakadu

Launched in 2015 as a pop-up market stall in Bangkok, Thailand, the label started out as a way for founders Nan Tohch, Carl Dixon and Park Jongg to share a love of unique vintage finds. Soon, having grown frustrated by the fleeting nature of fast fashion, they set out to create their own line of relaxed yet functional garments capable of being mixed and matched for years and years to come.

A look at the colour dyeing process

A commitment to consciously crafted clothing and style that doesn’t cost the environment first led them to Northern Thailand, where creative director Nan Tohch’s mother originated. There they struck up a collaboration with an independent collective of artisans working in the classic traditions of natural dyeing and hand-weaving on wooden hand looms.

Weaving natural cotton

Since the beginning, the label has placed high importance on both quality production and fair conditions for its artisans. Weavers and tailors are free to name their own price, taking into account the time and effort required to create the one-of-a-kind pieces. Working exclusively in small batches also gives artisans a fairer cut of the proceeds and, while the process may be slower, the craftsmanship speaks for itself.

As Seeker x Retriever expands its network of artisans and explores techniques such as woodblock printing and embroidery, the brand’s philosophy remains dedicated to timeless and versatile garments you can live in.

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