Friday, April 13, 2012

pant-fishing at Etsy

by frédérik

It’s been a year since I last wrote about Thai fisherman’s pants, so I thought I’d revive the topic with a look of some of the phantasmagorical offerings available on Etsy. 

As before, I admire the simplicity of this unisex garment and its gentle, flowing, comfortable style. While I haven’t yet figured out my own idiosyncratic, streetwise way to wear them, I remain enamoured by the imaginative possibilities inherent in the wrap-around pants; fabrics and colours get a chance to really zing, and patchwork sewing really dazzles the eyes with texture. It’s enough to make me want to find a pattern and make my own Thai fisherman’s pants – or have them made according to my design – with more machine-washable fabrics. Until such time, however, I’m quite enjoying ooing and aaaing the real deal directly from Thailand, handmade and sold through Etsy. There’s an impressive variety to be found when searching the handmade category for thai fisherman’s pants; here are a few beautiful designs that caught my eye, with more waiting to be discovered at each Etsy store.

Amonchai – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Cotton, Batik, Cream w Traditional Thai Elephant Design, $28.99 

HandmadeArt6 – Chon Buri, Thailand

Black and Blue 3/4 Length Thai Fisherman Pants, $15

MyMumMade – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Cotton 3/4 length Thai Fisherman Pants, $15.99

Smileclothing – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Stone Wash Cotton Pants, $35.00

Not fisherpants, but too gorgeous not to mention: Black and red embroidered wide-leg pants, $59.00

SiamTrendy – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Black Soft Cotton Pants, $27.95

Thaithee – Sikew, Thailand

Patchwork Print 3/4 Length Pants, $26.00

patchwork cotton alladin yoga pants, $39.00

I can attest to how comfortable these pants are, as they are my garment of choice for to-ing and fro-ing between home and my yoga class. However, the two issues that bedeviled me before linger on:

  • What shirt to wear?  I’m thinking a tunic of some kind, but I’m not sure I want to create the impression of a monk. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course.
  • How best to stow away wallet and keys, given that whatever pocket some pants may come with are not adequate? A bag of some kind, obviously, but I don’t want to lug around a messenger bag. Who wants to walk around carrying a messenger in a bag anyway? Messengers are heavy!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. And if you wear Thai fisherpants, it would be wonderful if you sent in some pictures for a future post to show us how you styled them. As for me, I'm keeping an eye open for some great pair I can wear beyond commuting to yoga class.

Disclaimer: Images are the property of the respective Etsy store owners and are used under fair use for illustrative purposes only. If asked, I will of course remove them.


Mica said...

I love how comfy these pants look! Not sure about the lack of pockets - I'd say a small crossbody bag maybe? I like the fitted top with it too that's shown in these photos but if tshirts are out that doesn't leave you many other options...tricky one!

Frederik Sisa said...

That's me...always the hard way. lol.

Mandi said...

I love the print of the pants in the top photo. You wouldn't believe this... I used to have pair of the 'fisherman' style (wrap waisted) pants. You're right. The comfort of them was unbelievable!

- Mandi

Frederik Sisa said...

We're on the same page, Mandi. Question is: what happened to those pants of yours? :)

Fabrizia said...

I like your post so much! These pants are really gorgeous!
Take a look and if you want we can follow each others: Cosa mi metto???

Becky Haltermon said...

Pants... Meh.


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