The beautiful naturally dyed cloth of the Ba’ker’yaw (Sgaw Karen) people is famous. Spinning cotton, dying vibrant colors out of natural materials (bark, leaves, seeds and earth) relies on both the deep indigenous knowledge of the weavers, but also on a healthy ecosystem that supports the plants they use to dye the cloth. This film tells the story of the weavers of Huay Hee and other villages in the remote mountains of Northern Thailand.
When I was young, I thought I would be a writer. I spun stories constantly and was an avid reader. When I discovered my love for video production, I realized that it was storytelling that I truly loved all along. The day to day moments I have been able to see and participate in because of my camera lens have been truly remarkable and I want to share them with the world. Today, I am passionate about using my creative and technical skills in filmmaking to share stories, communicate ideas, and raise awareness.
International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI) is the study abroad institute behind my film. -Rachel Roff
“ISDSI is the foundation and study abroad institute that first took me to the village of Huay Hee and beyond and introduced me to the Karen people and their beautiful weaving. They take college students into remote villages in Thailand and help them learn how to learn from people instead of textbooks. They are still accepting applications for next semester in Thailand, which is doing remarkably well during the pandemic. This is an amazing time to study in Thailand.” www.facebook.com/ISDSI.Thailand