Artist Profiles


Somporn Intaraprayong


East Asia and the Pacific




Chinalai Tribal Antiques Ltd


Jewelry, Textiles

Medium of Work:

Hand woven clothing and accessories

Year(s) Attended:

Santa Fe: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019


Having experienced a difficult childhood, Somporn Intaraprayong learned how to become self-sufficient, but she also acquired empathy — especially towards women who have struggled to provide for themselves and their children. As a textile artist, Somporn is self-taught and she has taken her creativity, passion, and discipline across various regions in Thailand to teach women to sew clothing and accessories by hand using traditional techniques and stitches.

Ampornpun Tongchai learned to sew, weave, and dye from her mother and grandmother. At her cooperative in northeast Thailand, she and other weavers use natural dyes like indigo, tamarind and mango leaf in their weavings.  Both the sewn items and the weavings have become a way to improve the lives of the seamstresses and weavers, but they also embody tradition and cultural identity and foster a sense of unity and community. Best of all, the work helps support families and provides an education for children of this extended family.